Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Youth With Christ
1 Peter 3:13-18
V:17: For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
In 1 Peter 3:13-18, Peter encourages the youths to embrace their identity in Christ. Verse 17 specifically urges them to do good, even if they suffer for it, because it is better to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
As a youth growing in this society, they have to navigate a world filled with pressures, uncertainties, and countless voices vying for their attention. Peter's words cut through the noise, reminding them that, in Christ, they have a solid foundation to stand on. As a youth who is standing with Christ, they are called to live a life marked by goodness, compassion, and love.
Peter acknowledges that doing good may not always result in immediate applause. They might face failures, tough choices, challenges, ridicule, misunderstanding, betrayals, or heartbreaks. Peter reassures that even in the face of adversity, our commitment to Christ is a shield. Our actions, grounded in Christ's love, stand as a testimony that transcends any criticism or opposition.
Once we align ourselves with the will of God, we will be able to withstand the sufferings that comes our way. We have to be bold in our faith, to let the light of Christ shine through your actions, even when it feels like the world around us is shrouded in darkness. We are not alone; Christ walks with us, guides our steps and infuses our life with purpose.
In the midst of uncertainty, Peter's words resonate as a beacon of hope. As we navigate the challenges of being a youth, remember that our commitment to goodness is building a legacy that echoes in eternity. Your choices matter, and they contribute to the grand narrative of God's redemptive plan.
Dear Lord, thank you for the assurance that we are not alone. As youths, help us to face challenges with courage and to do good even when it seems difficult. May our lives be a reflection of your love. Equip us with the strength to persevere and the wisdom to make choices that honor you. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
Thought for the Day
“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.”
– Paulo Coelho
Mr. Sherin Abraham
St. Andrew's Mar Thoma Church, NY