Thank you for the sweet outpouring of love yesterday!! I often receive negative comments and emails, but I’ve gotten to the point of just praying for the person who sent it and deleting it. Ya’ll were so sweet yesterday when I shared a little tidbit of criticism I had received and I’m so thankful for a community of readers who love God!
Welcome to the March Bible reading challenge week 4 summary! Wow- that’s a mouthful! Let’s take a look at what we read this week since our last Friday summary.
I Peter 2
Peter encourages righteous living in this chapter. He mentions that Christians should be honoring to governmental authorities and advises how to respond to suffering. His advice can be applied to all levels of suffering, but I thought deeply on the following verse:
For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. I Peter 2:19
What is the first thing that comes to your mind after reading the verse above?
I Peter 3
This chapter is well-known for its address to women in general, as well as husbands and wives. In my opinion, one of the strongest verses in this chapter actually follows the instructions to each gender. Verse 9:
Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.
I’m still working on this- you too, perhaps?
I Peter 4
Peter returns to the subject of suffering in this chapter. His straightforward conversation style is evident throughout the chapter, but in verse 12, I feel like I can hear the persuasive tone of his voice:
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.
Just as Peter advised the church, the truth stands for us today. Don’t be surprised when everything in your life as a Christian doesn’t work perfectly. In fact, don’t consider trials to be strange; think of them as the norm.
Do you think it strange when trials come into your life?
I Peter 5
What a beautiful chapter to end Peter’s first letter! I have several favorite verses from this chapter:
And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. v. 4
casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. v. 7
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. v. 10
2 Peter 1
Passionate Peter continues to speak words of life into the church with his second letter. If we look at Peter’s history, we see he could be a bit impulsive, right? He’s the one who stepped out on the water to walk to Jesus- full of faith! He’s the one who immediately drew his sword and cut off the ear of the high priest’s servant at the time of Jesus’ betrayal. And yet, Peter is the leader of the first church. I believe Peter’s passion we see in this chapter stemmed from his firsthand experience as a disciple of Jesus. He refers to this fact in several places throughout the first chapter of his second letter.
2 Peter 2
I love Peter’s display of Old Testament knowledge in this chapter. Multiple times he refers to Old Testament characters and verses. His personal knowledge of the law and yet personal experience with grace, mercy, and faith is a beautiful thing. This chapter is deep and I found myself reading it through a second time in an attempt to grasp a little more.
2 Peter 3
Chapter 3 is a reminder to keep the faith, as Peter says so himself. He writes to encourage hearts to look towards the coming of Jesus and to focus on growing in faith, not worrying about what the world says or does.
April Bible Reading Challenge
I’m excited to share the April Bible Reading Challenge with you, as we’re going to do something completely different next month!
What did you learn this week?