1 Peter 1:22-25 – Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, 25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
Setting sun behind withered grasses on the shores of Lake Erie. Presque Isle State Park, Erie, Pennsylvania.
Today’s passage from 1 Peter tells us to “love one another earnestly from a pure heart,” and also provides a means by which we can actually achieve this; it is because we “have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God.” In our sinful hearts our motives are selfish, but with Christ this earnest love is possible.
Peter goes on to remind us that our time in this world is limited by quoting from Isaiah 40:6-8 which reads:
6 A voice says, “Cry!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. 7 The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it; surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
Life is short. We need to focus on the important things, drawing near to God through prayer and diligent study of his eternal word, and loving and caring for those around us. And, the best way we can do that is by sharing the good news of Jesus.
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© Todd D. Nystrom and Todd the Hiker, 2014.