1 Peter Ch 5 V 1-14

1To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of
Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed:
2Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as
overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants
you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; 3not lording it over
those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4And when the Chief
Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade
away.

5Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of
you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.”
6Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift
you up in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

8Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a
roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, standing firm in
the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are
undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

10And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ,
after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make
you strong, firm and steadfast. 11To him be the power for ever and ever.
Amen.
12With the help of Silas,whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly,
encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand
fast in it. 13She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her
greetings, and so does my son Mark. 14Greet one another with a kiss of love.
Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

God says to the elders among us (people with a more firm foundation of
the Bible) that when we guide the new believers, we should care with them
with the love and kindness God has always shown us. God doesn’t want us to
love the ones we are bringing up because we have to, but because we want to.
We should not be in this for money, or to be masters over new believers, but
we should want to serve God, be role models for the new believers. When God
comes back, we will be rewarded.

To us younger people, we should obey those who are older than us, by faith
or age. We need to become more humble with each other, because “God opposes
the proud but gives grace to the humble.” We should humble ourselves to
others because this is what God commands us. He will lift us up when it is
time, and we should also throw away all of our stress, knowing that the God
of the universe loves us, and will always be behind us.

God tells us to be conscience of our actions. The devil is always looking
to take a person away from God’s glory, this is satan’s way of attacking
God. We have to stand firm in our faith, resisting everything satan will
tempt us with. Remember, every other person on earth is going through the
same struggles and problems that we have.

God then will come Himself, after our time of suffering on earth is over,
resurrect us and make us eternal, in that we will live with Him in heaven
forever and ever.

Peter, with the help of Silas and also God guiding him, has written to us;
to encourage us and to also testify that God’s love is real. We should greet
one another with love, and peace be with us. The she in the passage could be referring to Peter’s church, and the son could also be referring to a person he holds dearly.

Praises:

–  Thank you God for the gifts you have given me.
– Thank you for this beautiful morning, and letting me wake up at 9:30! I hope everyday it can become earlier and earlier.

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