“Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.” 1 Peter 1:22-23 (NASB)
Peter had unique insight into what he preached and wrote because he witnessed the Living Word spoken and demonstrated through the life of Jesus Christ. In his letter to the suffering Christians in Asia Minor, he reminded them that they were a chosen people (1 Peter 1:1); it was by the mercy of God through the precious blood of Jesus they were saved and that enduring trials was proof of their faith. He admonished them to remember the world was not their home and their trials would not compare to what awaited them in Heaven (1 Peter 1:7).
One of the most important messages Peter conveyed in his letter was for believers to cultivate a sincere brotherly love. Love that went beyond warm, fuzzy feelings–love that willfully chose to put aside any emotions that were contrary to the love demonstrated in the life of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:1). Peter revealed that once they became obedient to the living and enduring truth by receiving Jesus Christ as Savior, His blood cleansed their soul and empowered them to love others sincerely (1 Peter 1:22). Through the power of the Holy Spirit, they could love with depth and capacity beyond anyone who had not received Christ.
Do you sincerely love the body of believers or are you faking it? Do you just tolerate some people or do you allow God to love them through you? Confess the emotions you may have contrary to God’s command to love others. Pray the Lord will cultivate a sincere love in your heart.
By Karen Aker