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Summary: 2 of 8. Peter exhorted the aliens to love their brothers & sisters in Christ as they were also loved by God. Christians are to love as they are loved by God. But how are they to live out that love? God’s love is lived out thru an encounter with...

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LOVING THE BRETHREN-II—1Peter 1:22—2:12

Attention:

So far in our study of 1Peter we have examined the fact that

Christians are...CONSIDERED ALIEN(:1-2)...

We’ve examined...WHAT’s So GREAT About GOD—(:3-12)

And discovered God’s means of...UNLEASHING Your SPIRITUAL VITALITY/Vigor—(:13-21)

Today we will continue applying the above truths toward LOVING THE BRETHREN(1:22—2:12).

Read &/or sing—‘The Family of God’(Gloria & William Gaither, 1970)

Peter exhorted the aliens to love their brothers & sisters in Christ as they were also loved by God.

Christians are to love as they are loved by God.

How are Christians to live out God’s love?

12+ encounters thru which Christians are to live-out God’s love.

We have previously found that

God’s love is lived out thru an encounter with...

1. CLEANSING(:22a)“Purified”

2. OBEDIENCE(:22b)“Obeying”

Purity—Begins with obedience

Obedience—begins with the truth(word & voice)

Sincerity—begins with purity

Fervency—Begins with sincerity

3—God’s love is lived out thru an encounter with...

SINCERITY(:22c)

Explanation:(:22c) Open/Honest/Genuine/Unhypocritical

:22—“Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,”

Purity—begins with obedience

Obedience—begins with the truth(word & voice)

Sincerity—begins with Purity of Soul

Fervency—begins with sincerity

No hidden/ulterior motives...Free from pretense or deceit.

*Once the soul is cleansed of dependence upon sin & flesh, then one is free to love “sincerely”—i.e., unhypocritically or unhindered by wrong motives & false emotion, even self-deceptive feelings.

Having purified souls, our now “sincere”“love” is thus enabled to be directed toward & spent upon the “brethren.”

SYNONYMS(Same)—Genuine, Open, Honest, Unguarded, Unashamed, etc.

ANTONYMS(Opposites)—Fraudulent, Pretense, Feigned, Forged, Dishonest, Hypocritical, Deceptive, etc.

*Some in our midst here today are church ‘politicians’ or ‘political Christians’(not the publicly elected kind), i.e.—These are cowardly whisperers keeping their reputations outwardly pure in exchange for telling the truth—worrying more about what others think of them or might say of them, & so becoming bitter toward some brother or sister in Christ...

*Some here are ‘thoughtless/arrogant’—These blurt out their opinion at every instance—without considering that God is just as at work in their Christian brother or sister as He is in them...

*Both these would rather see their brother/sister fail, so they can gloat over their own ‘perceived lack’ of failure(AKA—‘success’).

*Sincere love of the brethren—It’s absence means you're In love with a concept—(religion/society/a place/citizenship/conservative stance)—rather than being in love with the Lord Jesus, the Son of the Living God.


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