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4. We Don't Abandon Love (1 Peter 1:22 - 2:10)

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1 Peter: Suffering Precedes Glory (part four)

While writing to persecuted Christians, Peter reminds them that they are not alone in this journey. They don't have to suffer in isolation. That's the good news. The bad news is that when Christians face hardships, they can misdirect their anger toward those they're called to love-other believers. Peter reminds us that love should define our relationships within the covenant community. He also helps us understand what that love should look like. This is particularly helpful in our culture that tends to have a shallow, emotional, conditional definition of love. Instead, love means living righteously toward one another. Does that describe your relationship with other members of the body of Christ?

Related Topics: Fellowship, Love