“Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;” 1 Peter [1:22]-23
Do you love me?
Reading those words can cause our mind to jump instantly to a popular movie scene. The setting would likely include a couple working through the dramatics of the anguish and the bliss of their relationship. But love should not be so easily tagged as the stuff of romance, relegated only to the dynamics of marriage.
God’s Word is clear that a changed relationship with God through the gospel necessarily results in a changed relationship with others. Where there used to be competition, anger, hate, or scheming, there should now be deep, active, sacrificial love. Having experienced true love from God, believers are to strain every muscle of their existence to—earnestly show–love.
Does your interaction with God through His Word and prayer result in radical habits of love towards others? Why not? No emotional pain, career challenge, or family struggle should keep you from obeying God’s call to love others. Having tasted the goodness of God, Christ followers should love well!
Father, thank you for your Word which re-shapes my attitudes and actions. Your love has been lavished on me. Prompt me, in radical ways, that I might love my sisters and brothers in Christ. Convict me of the ways I distract myself from opportunities to love outsiders of your family. Amen.
FOR FURTHER READING
1 Corinthians 13:1-13