As a church, our lives and hope and Savior are so united that the bond between our Christian brothers and sisters is in many real ways thicker than our earthly bonds with our own families; we pray with those in need, we mourn with those who mourn. Why such affection and care? Because in Christ we are all connected. We are a new creation; the bride of Christ. This week's scripture 1 Peter 3:8-12 reminds us of that connection and encourages us to work together for the good of all to the glory of God.
Sometimes it seems that God is speaking truth into our lives at the perfect time. This is not coincidence. This is a sign of God’s perfect providence. Our spiritual forefathers have stated that God governs all of His creatures and their actions through his works of Providence. They came to hold this belief from books like 1 Peter. In this series through 1 Peter, we will see the deep love and control of God over our lives, how He is weaving us into His great plan. Peter wrote this book to show that by seeing God’s awesome power and control we would entrust ourselves to His care, standing firm in the faith we have in Jesus, our rock and cornerstone.