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]