We made it! “Swimming in the Deep End” is hard work, and you should be excited if you stuck it out all the way to the end!
After summarizing and applying 1 Peter 5 to your life today, I hope you will take some time to review everything you’ve learned in 1 Peter. Has God revealed areas in your life that are in need of transformation?
It was 1 Peter 3:4 that hit me like a ton of bricks. It talks about “the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” I have always assumed that I had a “gentle and quiet spirit” because I am a naturally quiet person. But further study revealed that it is not talking about someone who’s just naturally quiet on the outside, but rather, the hidden person of the heart. While I am quiet on the outside, my heart is often filled with anger, annoyance, and anxiety. I may appear to be calm and quiet to other people, but God knows the turmoil inside. If I truly want to have a gentle, quiet, peaceful spirit, I have to cultivate a stronger trust in God and His goodness toward those who love Him.
1 Peter was also a great reminder that suffering does not have the last word on our lives, but is something we can REJOICE in, because it is revealing the genuineness of our faith and is proof of the glory we will partake of when Christ returns! This was very encouraging to me.
I would love to hear how God convicted, changed, encouraged, or strengthened you through His words in 1 Peter. Even if you only completed part of the study or you are completing it after it’s officially over, please comment below and let me know what God is doing in your life!
Thanks, and thank you for sharing your lives and God’s word with me!