“Whom having not seen, YE LOVE ..” (1 PET 18).
“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned LOVE OF THE BRETHREN, see that ye LOVE ONE ANOTHER with a pure heart fervently … And above all things have FERVENT CHARITY (love) among yourselves…” (1 PET 1:22; 4:8).
While reading the Book of 1 Peter this morning, which was written to believers who were suffering immense persecution for their faith, I was reminded that even in the midst of persecution, problems, and pain; even in the midst of our trials and our troubles, and even when suffering has become a way of life for us, there are two important principles to cling to and lessons to learn. They are:
- There is no greater pursuit in life than to pursue the lover of our soul, the Lord Jesus Christ, even in the midst of our trials and troubles (1 PET 1:6-9).
- Nothing reveals a heart touched and changed by The Spirit of God, a life that is committed to biblical discipleship, and is more important for us during trying times, than to love our brothers and sisters in Christ!
O Lord, help us to seek, know, embrace, and love the Lord Jesus with all that we are and all that we have, and help us to love one another as Christ has loved us, at all times, but especially when times are troubling!
“That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection …” (PHIL 3:10).
“By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another” (JN 13:34-35).