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. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 1 Peter 1:22-23
Peter reminds of us our amazing inheritance stored up for us in heaven. He acknowledges the temporary nature of our time on earth and that we are sojourners here, pilgrims, foreigners in this world, looking toward the next. And in all of this, love is the most important thing. We are to love another deeply from the heart. Why? Because believers will spend eternity together relating on that basis. We might as well get started now. Again, the epistles of the new testament reflect that the two great commands are to love God with all we have and one another as ourselves.
How deeply am I loving others in the body of Christ (the church)? Am I creative in my expressions of love? Consistent?
Lord, examine me. How deep is my love for You and others? Are there areas where I have neglected anyone? Please prompt me to say and do the things that will matter for eternity. I want to fulfill the commands. They are not burdensome, but a joy to me. I look forward to what You have planned today. Please draw hundreds of families to our all school worship night tonight. Touch hearts, young and old.