Commentary on 1 Peter
On that memorable day, when a dejected Peter had to face the question, “Do you love me?”, the best of shepherds ended up giving him an unexpected task: to feed and care for his lambs and sheep.
The first letter of Peter shows how much God's grace ultimately enabled him to carry out this ministry. The apostle is writing to scattered and persecuted Christians who are in dire need of strength and comfort. By teaching them what "the true grace of God" is, the apostle gives them exactly what they need. In this way, the reader's eyes are sharpened for the encouraging message of 1 Peter:
By God's grace we stand and are enabled to endure suffering. The grace of God educates us in holiness and enables us to obey in government, in the workplace, in the family, and in the community. If we allow God to do the work of his grace, his peace will be with us and increase.