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Read Introduction to 1 Peter

 

“if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”
 
 
that the Lord is gracious
 
“Gracious” primarily signifies fit for use, able to be used. Therefore, gracious is good, virtuous, mild, pleasant (in contrast to what is hard, harsh, sharp, bitter). “Graciousness” is suitable and pleasant to us (Mt. 11:30). It is something easy to bear. 
 
God’s character is kind, gracious, serviceable, pleasant, good (Lk 6:35; Rom. 2:4).
 
PRINCIPLE: 
 
We cannot cultivate divine love for others until we first recognize God’s love for us.
 
APPLICATION:  
 
Our Lord Jesus Christ is gracious to us. He is in himself infinitely good to us even though we violate him with our sin. He is fullness of grace,
 
John 1:16 “And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ..”
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