Morning Devotion: Read 1 Peter 1

1 Peter 1:22  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:

23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

24  ¶For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

25  But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

Have you ever heard of the phrase; desperate times create desperate measures?

It is during desperate times that people often take desperate measures, most of time those measures are selfish and hard on others.

Peter is telling the scattered believers not to go that direction. In fact, He is telling the believers to be desperate in love rather than selfishness.

If your soul is purified through the Spirit, you have the capability to exercise unfeigned love. Unfeigned love is love that is without hypocrisy or guile or ulterior motives.

It is described in I Corinthians as charity. 1 Corinthians 13:4  ¶Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8  ¶Charity never faileth:…

These believers were scattered, trying to find food, clothing, rest, shelter and a host of others things, it would be easy to become self centered neglecting others in a dog eat dog, fend for one’s self world. However, that is not Christian and not of God.

God uses James to get this point across.

James 2:5  Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

6  But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?

7  Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?

8  ¶If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:

9  But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

We have, in desperate times, a royal law to fulfill, that law is love, unfeigned love.

It was given by God through the incorruptible seed Jesus who lives and abides forever. That is our source of love, that is our decree for living in desperate times.

1 Peter 1:22  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: 23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Today and tomorrow and whatever the future holds, as believers, we can exercise the greatest gift ever given, love, unfeigned love for the brethren.

Having trouble with this wonderful truth may indicate a different love, a love for self rather than that which God gives. It may indicate a different relationship with God.

Are you a brother or sister in Christ, are you born-again; love will be the evidence of your relationship with God through Jesus.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook