1 Peter: A Life of Love

1 Peter 1:22 – 2:3

The Call to Love

Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart. (1:22)

  • A Complacent Love- Love that enjoys

  • A Benevolent Love- Love that gives

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like. (Augustine)

The Source of Love

Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; (1:23)

  • A Brand New Life

    • …for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass.The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you. (1:24-25)

  • A Mighty Gospel

How to Grow in Love

  • Starve your Flesh to Death

    • So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. (2:1)

    • For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (Romans 8:13)

    • Do you make it your daily work? Be always at it while you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you. The vigor and power and comfort of our spiritual life depends on our killing of deeds of the flesh. (John Owen)

  • Feed Your Spirit with the Gospel

    • Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. (2:2-3)

What is the biblical story? It’s the story of a God of love invading the world in the person of his Son of love to establish his kingdom of love by a radical sacrifice of love, to forgive us in love and draw us into his family of love, and to send us out as ambassadors of the very same love. The entire hope of fallen humanity rests on this one thing— that there is a Savior who is eternally steadfast in redeeming, forgiving, reconciling, transforming, and delivering love. (Paul Tripp)