Summary: I personally don’t believe the world will believe us when we say that we love them, because they see how we love and treat each other.
I titled my sermon this morning from a word that I got out of verse 22. Philadelphia it means "brotherly love." When I became a teenager I really started to understand what was being taught in Sunday School , from the pulpit about how God loved the church , and that we should love each other. It really started bothering me that I was not seeing the Love that I was being taught to have. When I was about seventeen I started noticing that the Sunday school teacher who I had for about four years (we only had one teacher for the whole youth group) did not like the pastor. I witnessed some actions that went completely against what they where teaching me. As a result of this I was confused. I left the church because I didn’t know what to believe. The people who taught me to love my brethren could not practice it themselves. For years I thought of the church as a place for hypocrites, but I had one problem. I knew my parents were for real. They actually lived the love they were taught, because of that I had to come back to the church and realize that not everyone in the church was like that.
I noticed that today one of the greatest problems I see in the youth group is the lack of brotherly love. I have really tried to preach hard and to explain that this is not how Christians are supposed to live. Finally God revealed to me that they have seen what I saw as a teenager in my local church. From their parents to their teachers or whom ever in the church, they have seen actions that are not those taught in the Bible.
Today I would like to take this passage out of 1 Peter and try to explain how we should love each other. Notice I am not talking about our love for the world. I personally don’t believe the world will believe us when we say that we love them, because they see how we love and treat each other.
I. Why Brotherly Love
1. Because of who we are (v.22)
The word there to purified your soul means to sanctify. You see when we except Jesus as our Lord and Savior of our lives we become a saint of God. Which puts us in the process of saintification. That means we are in the process of becoming more like Him on a daily bases. The word Christian means to be Christ Like. We are becoming more like Him every day.
2. Because of our spiritual birth (v.23)
We have a new birth, one of incorruption. Just like God’s word (which is incorruptible) and will remain forever. Our new spirit is also incorruptible and it will remain forever.
The Bible gives the illustration of the flower in the field. It may look good for a period of time, but it will eventually die.
I like to lift weights and now that we are down to one car I have been exercising more. Today I can lift just as much as I could 10 to 15 years ago. In some sense I feel like I could live forever, but in reality I know that I am dying. We all are dying, we started dying the day we were born. No matter how hard I want to think everything is okay, it really is not. No matter how much we think we can live in the flesh we cannot. The things of this world will pass away. So we need to live like we are born again.