This post is Day 28 in a series of studies about “Joy”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Joy – Day 28
Many of us today feel that Christians are having a hard time, with several Christian internet sites being closed down in certain countries. Where I live, several big Internet sites have been blocked, because of their political standpoint. Consider it all joy when we face trials of many kinds.
1 Peter 1:8-9
Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Ask yourself today if you are conscious of that truth about Jesus. Is He the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls? Putting our faith in action today affects our destiny in Heaven. Peter was obviously excited for the people he was writing to, and was sure that they would keep the faith even in the difficult times they were going through. The year was about AD 64. Christians in Rome were beginning to experience persecution, being blamed for a huge fire in that city.
Peter addresses his readers with encouragement aware of the sufferings and telling them that if they stay faithful to Jesus they will suffer on earth. But even through those sufferings they can still have the joy of Holy Spirit for however long it takes.
History tells us that Peter was crucified upside down, and around the same time Paul was beheaded! There have been many more martyrs since those times.
Many of us today feel that Christians are having a hard time, with several Christian internet sites being closed down in certain countries. In the nation where I live, several big Internet sites have been blocked, because of their political standpoint. This is all quite frustrating, but we must consider it all joy when we face trials of many kinds (James 1:2).
Read 1 Peter 1 today and feel Peter’s enthusiasm and encouragement as he wrote to those early Christians.
Let the joy Peter talks about be evident in your life today. Smile at people you meet. Sing a praise song or two as you go about your work. Be grateful that you are alive at such a time as this.
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