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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“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."—1 Peter 1:22 (NLT)
Cause and effect. Because ____________, now ______________. It’s the way of the universe. Because I decided to stop playing MLB 2K7 on June 23, 2007 and go to Macaroni Grill with my relative and his girlfriend, now I am married to a wonderful woman and have two great kids!
This is how everything works. Because Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, mankind was under a curse. Because the result of this curse was death, God had to redeem mankind through Christ. Because Christ died for our sins and rose from the grave, we now have the opportunity to receive salvation, redemption, and grace! Because God first loved us, now we love God. And as Peter points out in today’s verse, because 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.”
Peter’s words harken back to the words of Christ at the Last Supper. In John 13:34–35 (NIV), our Lord said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” You see, the only logical effect of Christ’s love for us and in us is an outpouring of sincere, beautiful, deep love for one another.
Because He loved us and came to earth to pay the price for our sins, we are given the opportunity to be cleansed from our sins and become His disciples by obeying Him and following Him. And as a result of this, we are now compelled to go and show and share this same love He showed us to others.
This is the effect of God’s love in us. But the effects are more far-reaching than this. If you notice in John 13:35, Jesus made it clear that people would know we are His disciples by the love we show. And because His love has the power to break all chains and restore and redeem all people, God can use your sincere outpouring of love to change lives. That’s why Jesus said, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16 NIV).
Friends, today I want to encourage you to let the effects of Christ’s love spill over and touch the lives of everyone you encounter. Open the flood gates and pour out love!
DIG: Read John 13.
DISCOVER: How have the effects of God’s love on others impacted you?
DISPLAY: Show love today. In every interaction, with every person, be intentional about sincerely loving people.
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.