Posts Tagged ‘Love


Continue To Do Good

In 1 Peter 4, the Apostle Peter talks about those who suffer persecution for following Jesus. Persecution is inevitable. God, Peter says, will have the final say when He judges the world. God is able to use our suffering for good. He grows our faith in Christ through participation in His sufferings. Instead of retaliating, we should do something else. Peter wrote:

So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good. – 1 Peter 4:19 (NIV)

We should continue to do good. If you suffer for your faith, don’t throw in the towel. If you suffer persecution for Jesus, don’t give up. Keep your eyes on Him and continue to do good. Let God have the final say as you continue to do good. Continue to love your neighbor and your enemy. Continue to serve the poor and needy. Continue to pray for those who persecute you and forgive them. This is how we continue to do good and look more like our Leader, Jesus.

Above All…Love

Being a follower of Jesus Christ means that we are to do one thing really, really well. Peter wrote:

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8 (NIV)

We are to love well. Notice that Peter doesn’t say that we hate deeply. He doesn’t say that are to protest everything we disagree with. He doesn’t say that we are to be divided against other believers because they believe a little differently or take a different political stance. He doesn’t say that we should hold a grudge well. He doesn’t say that we need to be more right than anyone else. He doesn’t say to go to church well. He doesn’t even say that we are to believe deeply. It’s a good thing to go to church and to have deep convictions about our faith in Jesus Christ. But the hallmark of EVERY believer in Christ is love. We must LOVE one another. That means that we serve one another in love and forgive one another in love. The love of Jesus covers our sins and our love for one another should do the same. So whatever you think, say or do as a Christian, above all…love.

Talking About Jesus

Do you know your story? What has Christ saved you from? Peter says that we should ALWAYS be prepared to talk about our hope in Jesus. He wrote:
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. – 1 Peter 3:15-16 (NIV)
The key to talking about Jesus is to do it with gentleness and respect. Sometimes we forget this. We’ll never ever hate someone into Heaven. But we can lovingly, gently and respectfully tell them about our hope we have in Jesus. Love goes a lot further than hate. Love changes lives while hate just pushes people further away from the God who gave up His Son to demonstrate His love for the world. God doesn’t hate anyone and neither should we.

The Stumbling Stone

Peter, in talking about the Cornerstone of our faith, Jesus Christ, says that those of us who believe in Jesus find Him to be precious. Those who do not believe in Him find themselves stumbling over Him. Peter writes:

Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”
8 and,
“A stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for. – 1 Peter 2:7-8 (NIV)

Those who love Jesus find hope, joy, peace and love in Him. We love to worship and obey Him. Those who reject Jesus end up tripping over Him on their way to destruction. One of the important things we can do as followers of Jesus is to show the world who He really is. We do this by striving to look more like Him in the way that we love, serve and forgive others in His name. When people see Jesus in us, they’ll want to follow Him too.

How We Treat Others

Good Wednesday morning to you! At the end of 1 Peter 1, the apostle Peter says that we have been born again. This means that, through Jesus, we have been mad new through the living Word of God. So how are we to then live? Peter writes:

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. – 1 Peter 2:1 (NIV)

These character traits that we are to rid ourselves of have to do with how we treat other people. Malice is ill-intent toward others. Deceit is lying to others. Hypocrisy is trying to fool others into believing you’re something that you’re not. Envy is wanting what others have. Slander is trying to ruin another’s reputation. If we truly love one another deeply from the heart, we will not treat one another in these ways. We’ll treat them the way that we want to be treated. We will sincerely love them like Jesus loves them.

Love From The Heart

There is no better way to define the message of Christianity than in a single word: love. The very last command Jesus gave His followers was to love one another. He summed up three years of teaching with this one command. The apostle John and the apostle Peter both reiterated this command in their letters. Peter wrote:

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. – 1 Peter 1:22 (NIV)

When we obey the truth of Jesus’ message, we have true, unconditional love for each other. Peter wants us to take it a step further. We are to love each other deeply and from the heart. We bear each other’s burdens. We serve one another in love. We sincerely forgive one another and we don’t hold grudges. We pray with and for one another. Love is not optional for the followers of Jesus. It is a result of a life transformed by the love of Christ.

It’s So Simple

Being a follower of Jesus can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. John wrote this:

If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. – 1 John 4:15-16 (NIV)

How do we know if we are truly a follower of Jesus? First, acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God. When you surrender your life to Jesus, He lives in you and you in Him. Second, live a life of love. If you are living in God, then you will live a life of love because God IS love. If God is in you and you are in Him by His grace through faith in Jesus, you will live a life of love. True fellowship with God results in living a life of love. If you are not living a life of love, then you’re not living in God and He’s not living in you. It’s that simple.

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