Day 74~ 1 Peter 1-5
The exact date is not known, but it is speculated that Peter was martyred during the reign of Nero in about AD 64. So this book may have been written just prior to that in AD 63.
Christianity had been a growing movement for about 30 years, and at this point believers were experiencing persecution. This letter was written primarily to bring a message of hope and encouragement. It may seem like we Christians, in the United States, don’t experience persecution these days,…..but we do.
As I was doing today’s reading, i couldn’t help but think of a young Christian friend of mine that recently broke up with his girlfriend. Rather, his girlfriend broke up with him because he was “too moral” for her. He is really sad at this point. He is suffering “for doing good” rather than doing evil” (3:17). This girl was “surprised that (he) did not join her in reckless, wild living, and she heaped abuse on him” (4:14).
I would love if this Christian brother read and took to heart these verses:
“If you are insulted because of the name of Christ you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.” (4:14)
“So, then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.” (4:19)
This brother is blessed and God will lift him up in due time! (5:6) God will restore him and make him strong, firm and steadfast. (5:10) I believe that “restoring” will include being in a new relationship (he was in a relationship and will be restored into a relationship), but if he is made strong, firm and steadfast in the Lord, through this difficult experience, the next relationship will be with a girl that he can be equally yoked (2 Cor. 6:14). He just needs to trust that God will work in His “due time”.