Today’s Scripture: 1 Peter 1
My favorite song is “As” by Stevie Wonder. When my daughter asked why, I said because it’s a true definition of love.
Our society has a way of devaluing the word “love.” The ❤️ option is available to click on almost any social media post. We love athletes if they behave a certain way or if they perform for our team. I love sushi, yet I don’t want to eat raw fish every day. We love certain people until they fail us in some way. So, what is the difference between what we often perceive as love and the love described in 1 Peter?
1 Peter 1:22-23 (NIV)
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.
A sincere love doesn’t hide behind a wall of deceit. It doesn’t present a gift with an expectation of receiving something in return. We can’t dismiss our love for someone when we no longer see eye to eye, because that would be easy, and verse 24 actually tells us that it shouldn’t be easy. To endure something is to face difficulties, but we can rejoice in knowing that genuine love is everlasting because it’s God’s truth.
My daughter didn’t think “As” made sense when Stevie sings about loving someone “until the day that 8x8x8 is 4” because it’s impossible. She didn’t understand that he was saying love is everlasting. I told her he also sings:
Just as all is born is new
Do know what I say is true
That I’ll be loving you always
For me, the lyrics represent a perfect example of how God loves us and how we should love one another.
How can you show love to someone who repeatedly wrongs you? Is it possible to remove a person from your life but continue to love them? How often do you put a price or condition on your love?
Practice loving the people who have hurt you. Don’t forget to show love to other Christians.
Father God, thank you for loving me unconditionally and for placing people in my life who have loved, and continue to love, me in the same way. Even when I feel I don’t deserve it, I appreciate the reminders that your love is genuine. I pray that I continue to practice sincere love to people from all walks of life. Help me to live as I am loved. Amen.
This post was written by Jaron Camp, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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