Scripture: I Peter 1: 1-12
Key verse: (8) “Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, . . .”
Reflection: Isn’t it remarkable that we love Jesus, even though we have never seen him? Many people grow up in Christian families, and as a result, they can’t remember a time when they didn’t believe. From their earliest days, they were taught about Jesus and this is all they know. But, love for Jesus doesn’t happen in a vacuum. We may not have seen Jesus the way the first disciples did, but we have seen him in each other because of the Holy Spirit who lives within us.
Unfortunately, we sometimes forget that this love of Jesus can be seen in our lives. Every kindness, every word of encouragement, every good deed that helps someone else helps others see him in us. Knowing this can make a tremendous difference in how we relate to each other. Don’t underestimate the power of Christ in you. If you are willing, God will use you in all kinds of ways. And, others looking at you might see something of Christ’s love, acceptance and forgiveness. We can live these things out when we seek the welfare of a homeless neighbor; help someone break free from addiction; welcome the stranger; care for the lonely; or advocate for those who have no voice. Having the ability to participate with Christ in the world, to give others hope, is something to rejoice about.
Prayer: O Lord, we love you. Not is a sentimental way, but with all our being. Help those who are struggling today with their faith. Help them discover they are loved by you because of our choices and actions. May we be gracious in our words and in our deeds. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].