The Apostle Peter, I imagine, was the kind of person that some people loved to be around and follow. No wonder he was set apart as the first team leader.
Peter spoke the truth in love. He did not shy away from giving warnings to the “ungodly” (2 Peter 2:6) or even to his friends (3:17). Nevertheless, he characteristically gave Christians what might be called a spiritual benefit of the doubt (if he had any doubt at all). In other words, Peter spoke well of his spiritual family and spoke words of life into it.
Listen to a few examples of the way he would buoy faith and hope.
“Though you have not seen Jesus you love him” (1 Peter 1:8).
“You were redeemed from your empty way of life” (v.18).
“You have purified yourself by obeying the truth (v.22).
“You are a chosen person, God’s special possession” (2:9).
“Jesus called you to inherit a blessing” (3:9).
“God himself will restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” (5:10).
“Jesus has given you everything you need for a godly life” (2 Peter 1:3).
“I’m telling you these things to stimulate you to wholesome thinking (3:1).
“You are the kind of person who is looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” (v. 13).
“Be careful … you are in a secure position now so grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (v.17).
“Your faith and hope are in God” (1 Peter 1:21).
Today, fill your lips with truth and grace. The same Holy Spirit that the Apostle Peter enjoyed is given to you to speak life, truth, love, joy, peace, goodness, and kindness into the lives of your friends and teammates.
Now that’s something to Celebrate!