Sermon Study - 1 Peter 1:22-25
“Born Again Through the Word to Love One Another” from 1 Peter 1:22-25. You can listen to the sermon here.
The command to love one another is central to the Christian life. Jesus called his disciples to such love, and his disciples passed the command on to the church through their writings in the New Testament. But the reality is that loving others is hard; it goes against our natural bent as sinful human beings. The question, then, becomes, “How can I love others when such love is against my nature?”
In 1 Peter 1:22-25, Peter answers that question with the gospel. These verses reveal to us the power of the gospel to produce love. Because God has caused us to be born again and purified us through the gospel, we are able to love one another. The gospel enables us do what by nature we are unable to do.
Not only this, but Peter also reminds believers of the power of the gospel to persevere us in hope. He accomplishes this encouragement with a quotation from Isaiah 40, applying Isaiah’s words of comfort to the good news of Jesus Christ.
For Further Study
- In 1 Peter 1:22-25, the main idea is to love another earnestly from a pure heart. John also discusses the command to love one another in his first letter. Read 1 John 4:7-21, and note how the gospel (i.e., God’s love for us) enables and motivates us to love one another.
- In the sermon, we noted Peter’s quotation of Isaiah 40:6-8. Take some time this week to read the entire chapter from Isaiah. Make note of how Isaiah describes God, and note how those descriptions might bring comfort to God’s people.
For Personal Reflection
- Think through your relationships at Midtown Baptist. In what ways is God calling you to love the people in those relationships?
- Think through the primary relationships in your life. In what ways is God calling you to love the people in those relationships?
- Spend some time in prayer this week, asking the Holy Spirit to reveal any ways you need to change in order to love others? Is there anything of which you need to repent and seek forgiveness?