Reading: 1 Peter 3:13-22 and John 14:5-21
In Peter’s letter we are invited to take a look at our conscience. He advised in the face of conflict and accusation a clear conscience is the best way to experience God’s peace and security.
Jesus gives us a Helper, Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth (John 14:15-17). Take a moment to welcome the Holy Spirit into your reflections, asking him to examine your heart to see if there is anything that needs your attention or confession. You might want to use the prayer below to begin:
Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts,
and see if there is any hurtful (or grievous) way in me,
and lead me in the eternal way.
- Attentively wait in silence as you pray. What, if anything, comes up? Is there something to confess? Take moments to confess fears, wrong choices, insecurities, anxieties, sin issues or attitudes, ingratitude. Is there anything comforting, assuring, loving you are experiencing as you pray? Do you have a sense of a clear conscience in these moments? Give thanks.
- As you continue to reflect on Peter’s words from 1 Peter 3:13-22, what invitations, instructions, commands or assurances do you hear? How might you respond to these things? How might you see your own daily conflicts and challenges in the light of Peter’s exhortation? Take a moment to talk to God about these things.
- Jesus assures us that we will not be left without comfort, security, or a sense of true belonging where we might experience safety. Sit with Jesus. Listen to him speak to your heart and your concerns through the words of John 14:15-21. What do you receive from him? What feels difficult to receive from him? Tell him the things on your heart and mind.