I am blessed to be a part of a group of bloggers who feel led to share a bit of encouragement each week from the Bible. We recognize our daily need for Christ and we aim to share that with our readers. Plus, when Thursday comes around, we can all use a little encouragement right? I hope that this post blesses you and that you find comfort, strength, and peace in the Lord today ❤
8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Pet 1:8-9
Today’s world is so wrapped up in what they can see and touch that sadly faith tends to get downplayed. But there is a real power and joy in the Lord that is accessible through knowing Jesus and recognizing what he has done for you on the cross. The knowledge is not only life changing, but heart transforming.
Two thoughts come to mind with this passage today. One is that whenever a new school year starts I can’t help but think of the students going into school and being taught a number of things that go against the Bible. For those who live in Christian homes, my hope is that their parents can help them along by discussing the truth at home. As someone who attended public school myself, I believe it’s good to know what the other side believes, but at such a young and impressional age it’s hard for kids to sort out the truth from the lies. And in today’s climate it’s quite obvious that the world needs Jesus. There are a lot of hurting kids out there, and teaching them that they are nothing more than a product of evolution does nothing to heal the soul. They need to know and understand that they are a unique, intimate creating being by their Heavenly Father and that they are loved, and that Jesus is their only path to true redemption. There is more to life and despite what anyone else would try to tell you, creation itself speaks to His glory!
The other thing I think about in this passage is the man commonly known as “Doubting Thomas.” How easy is it for us to look down on him without knowing how we would act ourselves. Today the world teaches that if you can’t observe it through the 5 senses then it doesn’t exist. Reality has become reliant appearance, smell, taste, sound, and touch. It’s not popular anymore to believe in things unseen. It goes against the grain. But for those of us who have put our faith and hope in Jesus Christ, oh what an “inexpressible and glorious joy” we have! Despite what anyone in this life may try to tell you, reality is beyond the 5 senses. God is more real than we can even comprehend.
How precious is our salvation! How glorious it will be when we finally get to see Jesus face-to-face! This is what I cling to today ❤
Now, it’s your turn!
What Biblical verse is encouraging you today?
And, check out more Thursday Encouragement from my fellow blogger friends:
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective
Gina @ Stories By Gina
Rebecca @Rev. Rebecca Writes
Andi @ Radiant Light