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Weekly Bible Study - Series In 1 Peter
Study 7 -
1 Peter Ch 1: verses 22-25

“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have a sincere love for the brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and endurable word of God. For, “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever. And this is the word of the lord that was preached to you” (1 Peter Ch 1: verses 22 to 25 New International Version).

From hope to love

In our last study we affirmed the lasting hope that we have through Jesus and his resurrection from the dead. One of Peter’s favourite words in the opening chapter has been “imperishable”. He has further extended this idea with a quote from Isaiah that shows the eternal nature of God who speaks to us. What a great blessing it is to have a view of life that looks beyond the grave to something greater to come.

In our reading this week Peter begins to move from this hope to love and encourages his readers to love their fellow church members deeply, from the heart. We are not used to expressing love so strongly for church members in our world today as our human families usually take precedence over any consideration of the church.

However we must remember that in the time of the early church families were not always happy when people came to follow Jesus who were Jews with an emphasis on the Law or Gentiles following the Greek and Roman ways that sometimes worshipped idols and lived a much less ethical way of life that is now being promoted in the early church. The result of this was sometimes persecution and rejection by their family that will be talked about later on in the letter.

So for some, the church was the only family they had. According to Jesus and the authors of the New Testament letters the church is a family where the same kind of love you hope to get in a family was to be shown towards church members.
There is no greater work to do than to encourage and support our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, children, and grandchildren that we have in the church. We do this in practical ways walking with them in their life and their faith in God. This includes the lonely and dark times that life sometimes gives. We are to nurture each other in our inheritance that is imperishable that Jesus makes possible.

So I encourage you first today if you are not part of a faith community or church then to get along and be encouraged in our faith and secondly to show love to other church members, because to us they are family.

Holy Father, Thank you for the gift of life that is imperishable and that nothing can take this away from us. Make my world a bigger one where I can love deeply those who I share this faith with. May everything I do come from my heart and to be sincere. Amen.


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