- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 1 Peter 1
The writer of the book revealed himself as “the apostle Peter, (1:1), a witness of Christ’s sufferings (5:1). If he was Peter, a disciple of Jesus, he wrote this letter about 65 AD.
The writer addressed specified recipients of his letter, “God’s elect, Jewish people scattered around the Asia Minor, modern Turkey, and also “strangers,” Gentile Christians, God’s people in line with Israel, both of them were under pressure by surrounding cultures, living in difficult time. Undergirding questions are “How can we endure difficult times? How can we worship God, and even grow in our faith in the midst of earthly struggles and Peter answered these question.
Living hope (3-12) —- Christian hope is living because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Because of this living hope, we rejoice in the midst of suffering in all trials, and through these trials our faith can be proved genuine which results in praise, glory and honor, and lead us to the goal of faith, the salvation of your soul.
Living honorable and ethical (13-25) —In spite of hostility from unbelievers, Christians are called to live honorably and ethically as God called them to be holy. Love and unity is the way how the believing community should live in relation to one another.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.