QTVOTD: Obedience begets LOVE…

“Since by your obedience to the Truth through the [Holy] Spirit you have purified your hearts for the sincere affection of the brethren, [see that you] love one another fervently from a pure heart.” 1 Peter 1:22 ->me:  True love for one another comes from an obedience to the teachings of Jesus through God’s Word and the Holy Spirit.  Said another way (by Wayne Grudem) “Once you have begun to grow in holiness so that you have a genuine affection for one another, make your love for each other earnest, deep, and strong.”  What I love about this passage from Peter is that there is encouragement that human personalities, far from being immutably fixed early in life, can be dramatically and permanently changed through the power of the gospel.   The application for me is something that I have been sincerely working on for the last 3 to 6 months…to love deeply, to care completely, and to serve thoroughly.

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