Yesterday, as I contemplated my sermon on First Peter 1.22–25, verse 22 about love struck me,
“Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart…”
I see Peter as saying four things about love, and it is the third point that makes me question myself, and perhaps the church as to whether we are practicing it:
1. Love the brethren
2. Love the brethren sincerely
3. Love the brethren fervently
4. Love the brethren with a pure heart
I do not mean that I or the church has perfected items 1, 2, and 4, but that they are perhaps easier to detect than number 3. How can I know whether I am loving the brethren fervently?
What does it mean to love fervently? My wife, Kerri brought up the idea of sacrifice, that we know we are loving fervently when we sacrifice for one another.
What do you all think?