The Salvation of Your Souls

The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls. -1 Peter 1:9 NLT

Salvation is an interesting concept. In truth we have been saved. We are being saved. We will be saved. Salvation is not an end unto itself. It is a continuing process of of sanctifying spiritual maturity in the life of one who trusts God. It is a difficult process because it involves change. Albeit change from the inside out. And inner change can be most difficult.

I think of the word soul as one that defines the very essence of who we are. It is sometimes alluded to in metaphors such as the heart or the inner self. It is what makes me 'me'. When a believer dies their soul, the very essence of who they are, is saved. They will be recognizable in the afterlife. They will know, and be known by, those who knew them on earth.

Thank you Lord for the free gift of salvation. Help us to walk as saved people who trust you with all of our hearts.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the epistles of Peter.


  1. Praise God I am saved and my soul is the essence of who I am. I really like Mother Theresa's quote: The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion. I feel that a tiny bit of our world was changed by our mission trip the last two weeks. I believe a lot of that change happened to the kids and adults that went to Mexico...almost more than the care and love on the people of Mexico.

    1. So true Sue. Reminds me that we are saving as we are being saved.


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