May 5, 2024

Reasons for Rejoicing

Text: 1 Peter 1:1-9
Rev. John Downs

As elect exiles who have been chosen by God and had our hearts regenerated, we can humbly understand that we contributed nothing to our new birth while rejoicing that our powerful God can save anyone.  As we move through our lives toward eternity in the presence of God, we must understand that he is much more interested in our sanctification than in our comfort.  Our loving God allows trials to come our way in order to refine and purify us, weaning us from self-reliance to depend more fully on him.