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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Bible Passage:1 Peter 1:22

Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart.

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St. Peter speaks here of the fruit of faith, to wit, that we should purify our souls, through obedience to the truth in the Spirit.  For where there is real faith, it brings the body in subjection to itself, and controls the fleshly lust; and although it does not entirely destroy it, yet it makes it subject and obedient to the Spirit, and holds it in check.  St. Peter would say: If you would remain chaste, then must you render obedience to the truth in the Spirit, that is, we must not only read and hear the Word of God, but take hold of it with our hearts.  [F]or a sincere love of the brethren.  To what end, then, are we to live a chaste, holy life?  In order that we may be saved thereby?  No!  But in order that I may be of service to others, for I must first control my body and the flesh by the Spirit, and then I can afterward be of service to others.  [F]ervently love one another from the heart.  The Apostles Peter and Paul distinguish brotherly love and love in general.  Brotherhood is, that Christians should dwell altogether as brethren, and make no distinctions between themselves.  For since we all have a common Christ, one baptism, one faith, one treasure, I am no better than you; that which you have, I have also, and I am just as rich as you.  Therefore as we have the grace of Christ and all spiritual blessings in common, so should we also hold body and life, property and honor, in common, that one should be of service to another in all things.

My Wisdom and my Guide,
My Counselor Thou art:
O let me never leave Thy side,
Nor from Thy paths depart.

aka Pastor Robin Fish
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

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