Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
All by the power of God. His great mercy, he gifted something that does not fade or wither, and guards us until it is time. All by Him.
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
This will not be painless, and frankly I’ve seen that firsthand lately. Dedicated, passionate followers of Jesus encountering tremendous difficulty. Those folks have not bent, they have not swayed. That humbles me, because I cannot say I’d be the same way. I truly cannot. But then I remember — it isn’t as if humans get credit for holding onto faith.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Dwell on this with me.