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March 30 – Good Friday

2 Peter 3:16 (ESV)
…as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.
 
The Day of the Lord, which encapsulates this chapter, is something that we can have hope in. Paul, who Peter is referencing here spent his journeys talking about the second coming of Jesus and the hope that comes through Jesus. This letter references people who don’t believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior and take Scripture and twist into what they want to hear and what they want Scripture to look like. When this happens, the devil has won, and destruction happens all around us. As believers in Jesus, we encounter these people and situations on a frequent basis – either in person, on social media, or even on our television screens – men and women twist Scripture to make God evil, revengeful, or distant. That is not what Jesus really portrays.
 
As we look at John 3:16, we can see that God is a god of love – who cares for his children so much that He sent His Son to die for all of us. Does that sound like a God who is evil and revengeful? By the words written in John, we know that Jesus is King, who overcame sin and death, and that is not hard to understand!
 
Questions:
How do you respond to people who twist Scripture and show Jesus as someone he is not? In the way you respond, how does that show or not show the love of Christ to others?
 
What are the things that are hard to understand in Scripture for you? What is easy in Scripture for you to understand.
 
Activity:
Read 2 Peter 3 as a whole chapter to see 3:16 in the proper context. Take some of those things that are hard to understand and share with someone younger than you to show that all people of all ages have questions or doubts about their faith!