The point is, Peter is writing to Christians who were being terribly persecuted by evil, disobedient men and they needed encouragement and confidence in enduring these trials. What could give them that?
To love Christ is to love His people.
What proof would we give if we must believe He is risen without seeing the very marks on His hands?
If we have not obeyed in the way God has instructed, can we expect to receive what God has promised?
I have tried to hide from God. It's as if I think that if I'm not expressing it then God can't see it. And, if I don't tell Him then I won't have to repent because really I'm not ready to change. Not yet.
Maybe sometimes I feel defeated by not being able to serve at the magnitude that I desire, but one thing both knowledge and love has taught me is that God is more powerful and merciful than I could ever imagine and by His will, He will use me in ways I never thought possible.
My faith has been strained lately. Not in the sense that I would fall away, but more so that I haven't felt much of an emotional connection.