1 Peter 2:1-12 (AMP provided by Biblegateway): So put aside every trace of malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander and hateful speech; 2 like newborn babies [you should] long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may be nurtured and grow in respect to salvation [its ultimate fulfillment], 3 if in fact you have [already] tasted the goodness and gracious kindness of the Lord. Come to Him [the risen Lord] as to a living Stone which men rejected and threw away, but which is choice and precious in the sight of God. 5 You [believers], like living stones, are being built up into a spiritual house for a holy and dedicated priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices [that are] acceptable and pleasing to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For this is contained in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a chosen stone, a precious (honored) Cornerstone, / And he who believes in Him [whoever adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him] will never be disappointed [in his expectations].” 7 This precious value, then, is for you who believe [in Him as God’s only Son—the Source of salvation]; but for those who disbelieve, “The [very] stone which the builders rejected / Has become the chief Cornerstone,” 8 and, “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”; for they stumble because they disobey the word [of God], and to this they [who reject Him as Savior] were also appointed. 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a [special] people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies [the wonderful deeds and virtues and perfections] of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people [at all], but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 11 Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers [in this world] to abstain from the sensual urges [those dishonorable desires] that wage war against the soul. 12 Keep your behavior excellent among the [unsaved] Gentiles [conduct yourself honorably, with graciousness and integrity], so that for whatever reason they may slander you as evildoers, yet by observing your good deeds they may [instead come to] glorify God in the day of visitation [when He looks upon them with mercy].
1 Peter 2:20-25 (AMP provided by Biblegateway): After all, what kind of credit is there if, when you do wrong and are punished for it, you endure it patiently? But if when you do what is right and patiently bear [undeserved] suffering, this finds favor with God. 21 For [as a believer] you have been called for this purpose, since Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you may follow in His footsteps. 22 He committed no sin, nor was deceit ever found in His mouth. 23 While being reviled and insulted, He did not revile or insult in return; while suffering, He made no threats [of vengeance], but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges fairly. 24 He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross [willingly offering Himself on it, as on an altar of sacrifice], so that we might die to sin [becoming immune from the penalty and power of sin] and live for righteousness; for by His wounds you [who believe] have been healed. 25 For you were continually wandering like [so many] sheep, but now you have come back to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.
1 Peter 2 is a wonderful reminder from the Apostle Paul that we are chosen in the sight of God. We have always been His chosen, and He chose us from the foundations of the earth. The entire point of Jesus's sacrifice and resurrection was to ensure that we could be called children of God forevermore. You can go about your day encouraged by this, and know that YOU are CHOSEN. Let this inspire you to also remember that we should treat those we meet with honor, respect, and compassion.
We gather in Your presence, seeking inspiration from 1 Peter 2. We thank You for choosing us as Your people, just as Peter's words remind us. Through Jesus, the cornerstone, we find our identity and purpose.
As Peter wrote, "You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, to declare His praises" (1 Peter 2:9). We are not ordinary but chosen by Your grace, called from darkness to light.
Help us remember our identity as Your chosen children, even in challenging times. We are part of Your royal priesthood, entrusted to proclaim Your praises.
We thank You for the assurance of forever being Your children. Your mercy has transformed us into Your people, and we find hope in that promise.
May these verses inspire us and grant us strength as we live as Your chosen ones, shining Your light in a world that needs it.
In Jesus' name, we pray.