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You have purified your souls by obeying the truth in order to show sincere mutual love. So love one another earnestly from a pure heart. You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God. For all flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of the grass; the grass withers and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word that was proclaimed to you. 1 Peter 1:22-25
When Jesus walked the earth he had this tendency to get right in peoples’ faces and pronounce the Kingdom of God was upon them. In a world where they had become comfortable with the Kingdom of God being distant and separated they were now confronted with this impending presence. In fact, in Christ that presence was real and tangible. Peter has truly fallen in love with this teaching of his beloved Rabbi. He wants to encourage those who read this letter (which includes us) that as the living word of God speaks in us and we obey that we are setting aside the perishable kingdom of earth/the flesh for the Kingdom of God. Not only that, but he is beyond excited about how it transforms the way we love each other!
Reflection/discussion: What if we spent more time looking at relationships like this?
What if the focus wasn’t that the other person needs to change, but that we are hungry for a pure heart that walks in accordance with the living word of God?
How would it transform our relationships and deepen our ability for mutual love if the word proclaimed to us was also the word of God we were living and enduring? God’s imperishable word that transforms us.