“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of our Jesus Christ from the dead.”- 1 Peter 1:3
There is a saying that states that God is a God of second chances. As I look back on my own life he is a God of 400th, 500th, or even more chances. The mercy of God is great, unspeakable, and unknowable. In today’s verse Peter echoes the words of Jesus Christ from John 3:3. In that verse Christ said, “unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Peter again uses the 1 Peter 1:23 saying, “you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God.” This is the foundation of a new life!
Peter is telling us to always praise God for the foundation of our faith which is the new birth in Christ. No matter what is going on in our lives, as Christians we always have this very important thing to rejoice about. We remember the great mercy that the Lord has on us through Christ. We have a living hope that is rooted in the resurrection of Christ. Rejoice today because of the mercy that God has shown to you.