Wednesday 8 October, 2014
1 Peter 1:22-25
22 You have made yourselves pure by obeying the truth. So you have an honest and true love for your brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply, from the heart. 23 You have been born again by means of the living word of God. His word lasts forever. You were not born again from a seed that will die. You were born from a seed that can’t die. 24 It is written, “All people are like grass. All of their glory is like the flowers in the field. The grass dries up. The flowers fall to the ground. 25 But the word of the Lord stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:6–8) And that word was preached to you.
* When we obey God’s word we are cleansed from sin and can truly love. Believers are encouraged to love in this manner.
* The born again life is eternal.
* The word of the Lord lasts forever
It’s all about God’s word! The enduring, life changing and eternal word of God. This passage of Scripture explains that the Good News is the word. God’s word is alive and if believed can change your life from temporary to forever. Our lives change when we believe God’s word.
God’s word remains forever. Good to know in this changing and fast past life we live. That something, remains constant and that is God’s word. How reassuring is this! I am reminded just how powerful God’s word is and to read & heed.
Thank you for your word God. Thank you that it changes us and takes us into eternity. Amen
Written by Ainslie Woods
I love the beautiful simplicity here of Peter’s framework in how I am to understand and apply my faith. I need to know that I am cleansed completely of sin, and from that righteousness should come the ability to love others with a I’ve that is bigger than what would otherwise naturally be possible. I also need to be certain that my life is eternal and that the source of my eternity is not my own effort, but the living, breathing Word.
Love each other deeply from the heart.
What a powerful verse. Don’t give lip service, don’t be flippant, don’t be shallow be deep, expansive in your heart towards others.
The richness of our love toward others matters. We cannot afford to say we love but not engage deeply. This risks hurt, it risks rejection. Yet the scripture makes no mention of the risk, of the pain if the love isn’t reciprocated, we simply know to love deeply!
So am I shallow, am I reserved, am I choosy. I can be reserved not engaging at times, usually through unfamiliarity but this is no excuse for I am to love deeply.
Father enable me to love deeply with all that I am.