Peter had been a failure, but Jesus made him into a pastoral leader. First he was called to be a disciple, which means 'learner' or 'pupil' (no Christian ever stops learning in this life).
However much Christians may feel they are 'strangers in the world'; each believer is very well known to God.
What a relief to be free! For the released prisoner, it brings hope of a new future; for the guilty conscience, forgiveness lifts the shame and the fearful shadow of punishment.
Troubles make us worried. Yet the anxiety is not so much about being able to cope today, but the fear of not being able to handle all the tomorrows.
Most people would like grief to go away, so that they can 'get on with the rest of their life'.
We all know that love does not depend on seeing our loved one: indeed, as the English expression says, 'absence makes the heart grow fonder'.
Peter is writing to encourage Christians in trouble. The danger of persecution and sense of isolation made them vulnerable; they might be tempted to abandon their faith.
Christians should have active minds. God does not intend us to be passive or indifferent to Him or to our human circumstances.
By nature, we tend to become like the people around us. It is as though they set the shape into which we pour our lives.
Some people think that 'holy' is dull, boring, restricting and without excitement. They are wrong.
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