June is here along with the many blessings of warmer weather we in Northern Michigan cherish. Not saying we do not enjoy the seven or eight months of snow, but just about everyone is happy when summer finally comes to us. Maybe even now you’re sitting outside on a beautiful day reading this. But I wanted to share with you some blessings from the Bible book of 1 Peter that can warm your heart any time of the year.
I recently noticed all the places where God tells of benefits for believers marked by words like “to you” or “for you” in Peter’s first epistle. So, let me briefly point out what I’ve found.
First of all, there is “grace and peace” to be “multiplied to you” (1:2). God’s grace is His loving treatment that sinners like us do not earn or deserve. Saving grace is ours (1:10), and Jesus will bring even more grace to us when He returns (1:13).
God’s peace, or that restored, right relationship with Him we all need, opens (1:2) and closes Peter’s letter “to all of you who are in Christ” (5:14).
Because of Christ’s cross work and resurrection, we read of a heavenly inheritance kept in heaven “for you” who believe (1:4-5).
Access to God’s grace, peace, and heaven are through the Good News of Christ which was written and proclaimed “to you” (1:12; 1:25).
Christians receive “honor” from God (2:7) for trusting in the Savior who was revealed “for” us (1:20).
All of these blessing come to you by faith because Jesus Christ loved you and “suffered for you” (2:21).
May we give God all the glory for the many rich blessings He gives to us (1:3; 5:11). In winter, summer, fall, or spring, God grants to us all these good things.