A New Identity Scripture: You have been born anew…through the living and enduring word of God. 1Peter 1:23 Often the idea of being “born anew” is seen as a solitary, discrete act between an individual and God. But in 1Peter 1:17-23, we are reminded that our new life and new identity in Christ are not separate from our communal lives. In fact, it is our collective identity as followers of Christ that sets us apart, through our “genuine mutual love” for one another (1Peter 1:22). This communal love characterizes our new identity in Christ. Almighty God, let our lives in our communities reflect the knowledge that we are your chosen people, seen in our deep, abiding love for one another. Amen Alexis Presseau Maloof, Peoria, Illinois Presbyterian Publishing Corp. ... See MoreSee Less
Followed Scripture: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. Psalm 23:6
In this world of social media, new words are created, and existing words take on an added meaning. "Selfe" is a new word in the world of social media. While the number of followers I have on my social media might make me feel like part of a community, the most important thing in my life is having God's goodness and mercy following me. It is good to count on God's goodness and mercy to follow me all the days of my life. No matter what circumstance I may encounter, I am empowered by this knowledge.
Lord, I wish to follow in your footsteps of goodness and mercy as I serve you in this world. Amen. Yena K. Hwang, Fairfax, Virginia Presbyterian Publishing Corp. ... See MoreSee Less