November 2, 2017 – I Peter 1:2

God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more grace and peace. I Peter 1:2.

Remembering back to my second grade recess, I feared I would not be chosen, or be the last chosen, to be on a team for a game of Red Rover.  The fear did not end there, but increased when we chanted, Red Rover, Let Charlie come over.  He was the largest boy, and could break through our clasped hands easily, no matter how tightly we held hands.

There is no fear of not being chosen by God, Father of Jesus Christ. We don’t have to concerned, it is God’s Love that chooses us long before we know Him.

God sent Lord Jesus Christ to save us. It is not what we do, but what Jesus has does when we are born again in Him. The excitement of His Love grows more intense with expectation as we grow older. We have an inheritance in Heaven, waiting for us.

In the month designated for thankfulness, we are breathless with the wonder of God’s great Love and Mercy.  We obey Jesus because of His great love…and not fear. His two commandments begin with Love.

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.  Matthew 22:37-39.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. I Peter 1:3-4.