This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Our Marching Order, given on March 26, 2017.
Because of the glory of what has been given to us in the gospel, Peter continues with a simple, familiar command. Echoing the words he personally heard our Savior say, he reminds us that just as God loved us, we are to love one another.
Read 1 Peter 1:22-25
The call to love one another involves both passion and sacrifice.
- What should stir in us an intense love for those in our church?
- Are there times that type of love is difficult? Why?
- Share a time that you have been given a particularly strong love for someone who loves Jesus.
In verse 23, Peter reminds us that the power for this supernatural love derives from our new birth. Indeed, when we are born again, God creates within us a new heart with new affections.
- How has Christ changed your affections since your new birth?
- How do we fan those affections into flame?
The ultimate demonstration of the love that we feel for other believers comes in sacrificial acts of kindness toward them.
- What can we do this week as a family to obey this command to serve and surprise someone in the church?
[post written by Rich Humphrey]