Scripture for Today: I Peter 1:22 “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have a sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.”
I am not sure if these seals are kissing or just checking each other’s breath! Maybe they are siblings making up after a squabble. Perhaps they are long lost friends experiencing a sweet reunion. I hate to think of it as just an easily explained animal behavior. Rather than believing it an instinctive act, I prefer to see it as a sweet moment of greeting. After living in France for nearly three decades I grew accustomed to kissing cheeks as a form of greeting. I grew so used to it that often it could become meaningless and routine.
Today’s verse talks about love being sincere. It is described as a love that comes deeply, from the heart. It is more than showy grandstanding or flowery speech. It is more than a warm greeting. A sincere love will not be just, “with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (I John 3:18) A sincere deep love is unselfish and without hypocrisy. There is no thought of recompense or some hidden agenda.
There is a progression in experiencing this kind of love. It can only begin with a pure heart. And a pure heart begins with obeying the truth. It is a relief to know that I do not have to manufacture this lofty love on my own. It is a natural outgrowth of the Lord working in me. Obedience to His way will keep my heart pure, unsullied and able to love. When I am having trouble loving someone, the best remedy is to run to Him for cleansing!
Lord, today make my heart pure and able to love.