The Apostle Peter wrote what you are about to read while he was in Rome in A.D. 63 or 64. As you read to his words, keep in mind that Peter knew what it meant to deny Jesus, to endure beatings, to be threatened and soon he would be martyred for his loyalty to Christ. He had also seen his friends die and the church scattered. But Peter knew Christ and nothing could shake his confidence in his risen Lord. So Peter wrote to the suffering church that was spread throughout the Roman world. He comforts them with the hope of eternal life and challenges them to live holy lives loyal to Christ. (NIV Audio Bible)
Vs. 23, “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” Peter exhorts us all on how to live in this crazy world. We have hope we hold onto that literally is “living” and grows (Vs. 3)…not just a living, but also a lasting hope! This hope leads to faith…a faith that is not tested is a faith that cannot be trusted. Hope also should lead us to live a life of holiness (Vs. 13-21). Such a simple word, but so hard to live by. Holiness means to live “set apart” from the world. Remember, if we are not “set apart” from the world, that means we are putting the world first and that translates into “hatred towards God.” Let God’s enduring Word change these wretched hearts of ours.
Regarding application…How are Christians to Love? Vs. 22, “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.” Answer: Love deeply from the heart! Question: How do we love sincerely and deeply? Answer: Obey God’s Word/Truth! Do you see where this is going? We cannot love sincerely & deeply if we are not rooted in God’s Word! We may be able to grasp a little of what love is…but in order to live and love the church & its people…we must first walk daily with Jesus. Question: Are you loving your brothers & sisters deeply? If you pray for sincere & deep love….God will honor a heart that truly desires & believes it’s possible.