You might argue that loving God means protecting His truth with a ferocious zeal.
What if our love for Jesus drew us to protect His body with a ferocious zeal.
You see - knowledge should lead us to “obey the truth we know” - wouldn’t you agree?
Peter tells us that the next step in our walk of faith - once we have obeyed the truth is to love the body - check it out:
Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, - 1 Peter 1:22 NASB
I still remember the day my dear brother Kim who led me to the Lord and discipled me looked me in the eye and said it’s time to take your discipleship to the next level. We have talked much about what to believe, and what to think about truth, even how to live, but now we must learn to walk in love.
I love this verse in the KJV.
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: - 1 Peter 1:22 KJV
Let’s just soak in this for a minute:
The result of obeying the truth is a purified soul - clearly the work of the Spirit in our lives.
This leads to love that is unfeigned - genuine - authentic.
And as your life demonstrates this love for the Body of Christ, Peter exhorts us to turn up the heart (turn up the heat?)
Our love for the brethren is to be
Let’s road map this.
Here is a route for a journey of faith.
We start at the beginning - obey the truth.
As we travel the road of obedience, the Spirit purifies our soul.
The waypoint we reach is unfeigned (genuine-authentic) love of the brethren (and sisteren too.)
Ok - this is a comfy rest stop - we huddle here in a warm place with a cup-o-joe - but the road is calling us. I’m gettin’ in a travelin’ mood.
As we live lives of obedience, purity and love for the body of Christ - we must press on, do not stop short of the destination.
But our method of transportation has changed - we were driving in a vehicle called obedience.
When we leave this rest area, we must get into a new conveyance - a vessel called love. Obedience only gets us so far. We must travel the rest of the way by pure and fervent love for one another.
Are you gettin’ in a travelin’ mood?
Join me in this great adventure called love - won’t you?