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Sincere Love

1 Peter 1:22

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.

Photo on 7-6-16 at 3.42 PMCan you remember the first time you used the word love? I can’t remember the first time – because – like my grandchildren – it was probably to a relative – like my mom or dad – when I was a wee lad. I love it when they say – I love you Pop.

Can you remember – in your teen or older years – the first time you used the word love? Maybe it was in reference to a singing group or singer? Something like – I love Stevie Wonder or the Beatles. Maybe it was in reference to a TV or movie star? Something like – I love Elvis Presley or John Wayne (I’ll let our younger readers have a moment to Google the above mentioned persons and group).

Can you remember – in your teen or older years – the first time you used the word love? Maybe you can remember the first time you told someone you really liked that you loved them? It might have been your first encounter with the opposite sex. It may have been short lived or lasted even till today or a lifetime.

Can you remember the first time you told Jesus you loved Him? For many – their conversion was a life-changing event. Even if they grew up in the church – that moment when they acknowledged Christ as their personal Lord and Savior was life changing.

Here is today’s passage in partial context. 1 Peter 1:13–25 – 13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. 22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.

In this election season – be careful whom you say you love – as far as candidates go. Neither candidate for POTUS has impressed me (not that they need to impress me – except for my vote). Having said that – be careful the rhetoric you place on social media in support or against another candidate. Remember – our witness extends these days to social media. Neither candidate has a exclusive hold on corruption or any other trait. As my wife reminds me – our task is to help lead people to Christ not help them pick a candidate for President. Walls that may go up concerning our opinions on the later can impact our ability to do the first. Let our love for Jesus be sincere and let us deny self and show love to all – sincere love that goes beyond a person agreeing with us or not on who the next POTUS should be!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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July 20, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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