- 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 4
Living holy life.
Living for God (1-11)—Peter pointed out the circumstances the faith community was facing. Unbelievers were attacking Christians with their words because Christians refused to participate in their idolatry, immoral activities. Not participating in these activities could be perceived as a threat to Roman social, religious, and economic stability. Peter exhorted the faith community to stand in faith, eschatological hope of Jesus Christ (v7).
Suffering for being a Christians (12-19 — Peter wrote to the faith community, to people who suffered because of their believing in Jesus Christ. Peter pointed to the suffering and glory of Jesus Christ to encourage them to look ahead with hope in spite of their present suffering. Their suffering could be transformed into praising God. Verse 19 is the summary of the chapter 4, trusting God by doing good in spite of wrongful suffering.
Christian suffering because of believing in God can be turned into redemptive suffering.
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.