1 & 2 Peter Bible Study: Week 1 – {Wednesday}

I am a secondary school teacher, and one of the things I do at the start of a new school year is go through classroom expectations. You know, the rules, the responsibilities, what to expect, what to do…what NOT to do. And it makes everyone feel better (even if sometimes it feels a little boring). When everyone knows where the land lies, everything works so much better.

Do all the children keep all the rules all the time? Of course not! But they have the means to work out how to do their best to abide by them, do their best to keep them, and hopefully find enough grace and redirection when they inevitably drift off course.

And here we find ourselves today, with Peter encouraging us to live out our days as obedient children. And let’s face it, we have the means. We have the ability to know what God wants and expects from us, and we have a God who is full of grace and mercy when we find ourselves off track.

Like children at school, we have a responsibility to arm ourselves with the knowledge we need to live obediently. We have no need and no excuse to live the same way we did when we didn’t know the Lord.

Thankfully, we are works in progress and the Lord deals with us lovingly and graciously. But, as Peter urges us here, let us take our responsibilty too.

Let’s read from 1 Peter today…

Week 1 – {Wednesday}

Read 1 Peter 1:13-16

S – 1 Peter 1:13-15: Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.  As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.  But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;

O – We must not forget the hope we have in Jesus; we must not forget what it means to be one of His. We are to continue to work out our salvation and immerse ourselves in the Word – how can we do what it says if we do not know it? Our lives need to be testament to what the Lord has done, and we can’t continue in our old ways. We have a responsibility to live alert, sober, obedient and holy lives.

A – Oh how grateful I am that the Lord is patient with me! But, despite my failings and shortcomings, I have to get up each day and go again – it’s so important that we know the Bible well. It can transform our lives when we apply the truths within it. But we mustn’t forget our responsibility to learn from it and obey, striving to live lives that please God.

P – Lord, I pray today for your strength and wisdom. I’m so grateful for your grace and mercy and I pray today you would help me read, pray and keep myself in check with the plumb line of your Word. Amen.

Grace and Love

Helen x

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