And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;
—1 Peter 1:17-23
by: Gabriela Alonzo.
Through the sacrifice of Christ, we have been redeemed by His blood. In our obedience as believers, we have been purified and can know sincere and brotherly love because of Christ’s sacrifice. This is the love that we are called to have for one another—a love that is rooted in obedience to God and the purity of Christ’s sacrifice. 1 John 4:19-20 tells us that it is because of God’s love for us that we have the capacity to love others; that we cannot harbor hatred in our heart for our brother and claim to love God.