God’s Great Love . . .
1 Peter 1:17-22 NLT
And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time here as “temporary residents.” For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days he has been revealed for your sake. Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory. You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart.
Reflection . . .
God’s love is so great! We will never be able to fully comprehend the immensity of it! We were “bought” with the shedding of Christ’s blood. Sacrifice has to be made in order to restore, that’s what forgiveness is all about! We know this even in the smallest of things that need restoration – a building may need tearing down to the foundation to be restored properly, a relationship is going to need forgiveness and the letting go of harmful thoughts/attitudes, etc.
Restoration of relationship to God required a worthy sacrifice — Jesus Christ, God himself! His sacrifice enabled us to come into right relationship with him.
What should our response be to such an act of love?
Our response ought to be one of deep love for God and others!
Thus the words at the end of the passage above: Love each other deeply with all your heart.