Rev. Brian Johnson
Scripture: 1 Peter 1:13-25; Luke 24:36-49
The second part of 1 Peter 1 is an invitation to love others deeply and earnestly. Within this there is a call to an obedience and a holiness that is born out of God’s holiness. What we can see within this is that we are called to share faith and works together. Our love for God should translate into our love for others, and our love for others should translate into our love for God. Perhaps this is what can sustain us in difficult seasons of our lives. As we find it hard to love God, we love other people, and as we find it hard to love other people, we love God. Throughout all of this, we are invited to a lived holiness — one that practices hope and joy in all that comes with this life.
We love because God first loved us.