Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Take Up and Read to Feel"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Take Up and Read to Feel, given on April 30, 2017.


As we continue our study of 1 Peter, we encounter something that is a surprise. God does not command us to read and study His word only out of sheer obedience. Instead, He exhorts us to engage our emotions – to crave His word like an infant craving his mother’s milk.

Read Psalm 1 Peter 2:1-3

In verse 1, Peter calls us to “put away” anything that might hinder our passion for God’s word.

  • What type of things diminish your longing for God and His word?
  • How do you put those things away?

In verse 2, God surprises us. Instead of a list of virtues we are to “put on” after all that we have “put off” in verse 1, He tells us to cultivate a longing for His word.

  • How do we cultivate this longing for God’s word in our heart?
  • How could we cultivate this longing together as a family?

God goes on to remind us in verse 3 that we grow in our passion for His word by recalling the times we have “tasted” His goodness.

  • What are some of the times in your life when you have “tasted” the goodness of God?
  • How does remembering these times develop a longing for His word in your heart?


[post written by Rich Humphrey]