1 Peter, 1:22-25
Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart.You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.
“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
but the word of the Lord endures forever.”
Peter wrote his first letter to the disciples he worked with and taught in the regions of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. His letter is a reminder to them of the difficulties that they face being isolated such a distance from him in a land where their new found faith would be challenged by those in their communities. He is reinforcing their need to remain strong and lift each other spirits. He wants them to know that he is with them in spirit and understands the difficulties of this new life in Christ to he has introduced them. After the initial address in this chapter, in which he explains his understanding of their challenges, Peter writes the lines of the letter that I have included in today’s scriptures.
As I’ve said many times, everything that Jesus taught us is about relationships with each other and with God. Peter is addressing both. These new followers of Christ need to remember that they are now called to have faith in the “truth,” in the “word” of the Lord …it is the enduring truth. And, that truth is that they have been born anew in a relationship of love that is an enduring relationship …one that last forever. Peter is also reminding them that this “enduring truth” includes loving each other deeply from the heart.
Isn’t that still the “truth” to which we are called; loving deeply from the heart. This week, reflect on what that love should look like in your work, in your home, with your neighbors, with strangers, in your family, in your church family, in your Facebook post and responses, etc. Are we loving deeply from our hearts? Are our words building up or tearing down?
There is only on “truth” against which we should measure what we do and say and that is the truth of the love relationship that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit desires us to have.