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. (1 Peter 1:22–23)

Peter explains to the Church that we have been purified by love and for the purpose of love. Because of our purification, we are now to do everything in love for the sake of others. Apparently, the Church had a tendency to try to love others with a lack of sincerity. One of the magnetizing characteristics of Jesus was His compassion, His natural ability to express genuine love through genuine action. The first Church, too, had this kind of vibrancy.

It is important to note the call to obedience. We cannot love each other sincerely or deeply from the heart without first being obedient to the call, command, and character of Christ. His inherent and enduring Word grows and even glows through our obedience to His will and His ways. Thank God for His sincere and extravagant love for you in the midst of your disobedience. Allow His love to abide in you and through you in your interactions today.

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