1 Peter 1:17-23
If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.
Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.
Reflection by Lynne Buell
On Friday the State of Georgia began to slowly open certain businesses despite the continued concerns surrounding the COVID 19 pandemic. There are so many questions pending, and social media is exploding with pros and cons about this decision.
Peter reminds the people of God’s capability; comparing God to their fathers who can evoke fear and be judgmental, but who are also nurturing encourage-rs. A good parent will take pride knowing that the child will go into the world with the wisdom that will enable the young adult to make good decisions and to avoid bad consequences.
I believe the current situation has led us into a new normal. While some will go back to their selfish wasteful ways, I am certain most of us will take a second look at our previous lifestyles. We have been feeling a bit uncertain about the future, but we have also had a lot of time to reflect on what has been good and pleasant about our situation. I thank God for what I have learned about myself. Verse 23 is worth repeating:
You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living an enduring word of God.