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Peter used two different words for love: Philadelphia, which is "brotherly love,” and agape (1 Peter
1:22), which is Godlike sacrificial love. It is important that we share both kinds of love. We share
brotherly love because we have the common ground of being brothers and sisters in Christ; we share
agape love because we belong to God and therefore can overlook differences.
By nature, all of us are selfish. So it took a miracle of God to give us this love. Because we “obeyed
the truth through the Spirit," God purified our souls and poured His love into our hearts.
Love for the brethren is an evidence that we truly have been born of God. Now we are “obedient
children” who no longer want to live in the selfish desires of the old life.
It is tragic when people try to “manufacture” love, because the product is obviously cheap and
artificial. The love that we share with each other, and with a lost world, must be generated by the
Spirit of God. It is a constant power in our lives, and not some-thing that we turn on and off like a
Today's Scripture: “Seeing you 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
Also read: John 13:35; Romans 5:5; 1 John 4:7-21.
Action assignment: Ask God to show you someone who especially needs love, and do something out
of love for that person.

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