Prayer: Gracious giving and loving God thank you. Thank you for the precious blood of Christ who saves us. Help our hearts remain pure. May our faith shine through our actions and words. Let us be living examples of your love. Amen
Reading: 1 Peter 1:17-23 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Verse 22 of the reading stands out to me. “Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart.” As I am writing this devotion many people in the USA are having trouble loving their neighbors. We are struggling with immigrants, people of different races, LBTGQ, women’s rights, and the list could go on. As I understand the verse I quoted we are to have genuine love for all because we are called to love one another because of our faith in Jesus. Jesus loved all and came for all. We are not to judge or look down on one another. We are to love one another. I believe the Bible makes that perfectly clear and this is just one verse that backs up that belief. --Charlene Rineer
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