As James closes out. Notice how he kind of hits a lot of different points in just a few verses. It is as if he has so much to say to them that he is trying to get it all out in a hurry. Isn’t it great to have someone like that in your life? Someone who wants the best for you and is just so anxious for you to be as equipped as possible to get the best. I pray that you are in churches where there are leaders who know you by name. Leaders who are interested in your spiritual health and strength.
As you move into 1 Peter today keep in mind that this letter is about suffering for the faith. Peter is helping them endure suffering and preparing them for more suffering. Note that this is not the suffering of the sermon going too long, or a long drive to church. Those are inconveniences. What Peter is helping them through and preparing them for is real, Taliban level, suffering. Peter will call this suffering in the flesh, a fiery trial, insults, and worse. How will you prepare if this kind of suffering comes? Peter is going to help you answer that question.
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