1 Peter 1:22–25 (ESV) — 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.”
When we obey the truth of the gospel message, we are made clean. We also become part of the family of God. We have a new and eternal relationship with other followers of Christ. As a result, we have a family love for each other (“brotherly love”).
Enjoying the company of other believers is a mark of salvation. We like each other, because we have much in common. We all follow the same Lord. We are all joint heirs with Him. We all have the same destiny. We are indwelt with the same Holy Spirit. As we gather together this morning for church family worship, take time to introduce yourself to someone you don’t know. Get acquainted, and enjoy the fellowship of believers.
“Father God, I am grateful that I belong to a church family. They are my brothers and sisters in Christ. Help me to slow down this morning at church, and enjoy their fellowship. Please show me how to have brotherly love towards people who need my kindness. Give me insight into those who need my friendship. In Jesus name, amen.”
1 Peter 1:20–21 (ESV) — 20 “He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21 who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”
Christ’s death on the cross was not a “spur of the moment” decision. The cross was God’s plan before sin entered the universe, even before the universe was even formed. God created the first man and woman, knowing that sin would enter into His world. He knew that His heart would be broken over our transgressions, but He created us anyway. How great is His love toward us!
Do you ever doubt God’s love? Please don’t. God not only loves us as His children, but He also loved us when we were Satan’s children. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. This morning, let’s rejoice in God’s everlasting love He has poured out on every one of us. What a reason to celebrate in church today!
“Father God, I do not understand why You would create us, knowing that we would break Your heart. Your love cannot be measured. It is infinite towards us. Thank you for Your great plan to save us through Your Son Jesus Christ. In His name, Amen.”