Love one another

What does it look like to love one another? We often think deep community is impossible, we’re likely to get hurt, and our temptation is to give up. Or we assume true community is just ‘out there’ somewhere, and we just need to go out and find it. But the apostle Peter wants us to know that true community comes only through the transforming work of Jesus. First at work in our hearts and then overflowing into the lives of those around us. God invites us to ‘taste’ his goodness afresh. To be changed as we delight in Him. And He promises that as we delight in Him, He will transform us in to the loving church family He is calling us to be!


1 Peter 1:22–2:3 (Listen)

22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for

  “All flesh is like grass
    and all its glory like the flower of grass.
  The grass withers,
    and the flower falls,
25   but the word of the Lord remains forever.”

And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

A Living Stone and a Holy People

2:1 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.


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