Verses 13-25 of the first chapter of 1 Peter are titled, "Be Holy" and much is said about how to be holy. But why? Bottom line: It is written - "Be holy, because I am holy." (v. 16). So, we try at least and stumble at best all along assured our faith and hope is in God. Once purified and obeying the truth, we can have sincere love for each other. Sincere is the key word there and that is why verse 17 brings up that we are strangers here.
Now, I may have been the last person to finally watch the movie Frozen, but I finally did just last night. Sure, I already knew the theme song. Who doesn't? But as the story unfolded (spoiler alert!), I was completely surprised and shocked when a certain character's ulterior motive was revealed. That dirty, rotten scoundrel! True love? No!
Yes, we are strangers here. In a world where motives are all too frequently self-serving, God calls us to love one another from the heart. No longer do we live an empty way of life in which whatever glory we try to come up with withers like grass. Instead, we hold onto the word of God which stands forever. True love. Yes! --Ruth Gates, frequent Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
Closing Prayer: Dear God, as we strive to be holy, help us remember that it is not for our glory but yours. Then, with our faith and hope only in you, may our love for each other be genuine. Amen