Simon Peter was probably the most prominent of Jesus' disciples. He was the first disciple called out of the twelve. He was married because Jesus healed his mother in law and Paul later mentioned that Peter took his wife on his missionary travels. He was a disciple of John the Baptist before joining Jesus. As bold and blunt as Jesus could be....He loved Jesus....and Jesus loved him. He was the first apostle to recognize Jesus as the Messiah....and was the first to witness the resurrection, even after his denial of knowing Jesus!!! He was the first apostle to proclaim salvation to the Gentiles.
I Peter was written for the downhearted to give encouragement in times of trial and disappointment.
II Peter was written to warn against false teachers.
I Peter 1:6
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while.
I Peter 1:8
You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you t rust him; and your rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.
I Peter 2:1
So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech.
I Peter 2:19
For God is pleased with you when you do what you know is right and patiently endure unfair treatment.
If we suffer for doing good....and endure patiently....God is pleased with us!!!
Speaking about Jesus....
I Peter 2:22-23
He never sinned, nor deceived anyone. He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.
By His wounds....we are healed!!!
I Peter 3:3
Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.
I Peter 3:9b
Don't retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing.
I Peter 3:12a
The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers.
I Peter 3:17
Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!
I Peter 4:16
But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by His name!
I Peter 4:19
So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.
I Peter 5:7
Give all your worries and cares to God
for He cares about you.
II Peter 2:9
So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while keeping the wicked under punishment until the day of final judgment.
You are a slave to whatever controls you.
II Peter 3:8b
A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.
In His Most Precious Love....and with mine!!!