1 Peter 1:15-16 – Verse of the Day 11/22/14
With some things, the best way to describe them is to say what they are not. Darkness is the opposite of light, for example. At the same time, the best descriptions actually tell us what something is, not just what it isn’t. Similarly, the Bible teaches us that it is important to think about more than what faith isn’t but also about what it is.
Peter spent the opening verses of his letter describing the nature of salvation, and in these verses he begins to explain the consequences of salvation. For Peter growing in faith is one of the main consequences of receiving the gift of salvation. God has given us so much by grace through Jesus, and therefore he calls us to respond with gratitude expressed in right living and modeled on the character of God.
God has not only saved us from our sin, but He has also saved us for a purpose. Pray that you would not take the gift of forgiveness lightly, but rather would be constantly mindful of the extravagance of God’s love and mercy for us. Ask the Lord for a heart that desires to grow in holiness and a life that reflects God’s character to others.