What is the definition of purified? Surely you’ve heard the word, but do you really know? The dictionary definition of, “purified,” is to remove all contaminants from, or to ceremonially clean. In 1 Peter 1:22-25, Peter says God has done just that. “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; for ‘All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.’ And this word is the good news that was preached to you.” Peter uses the verses Isaiah 40:6-8 to help describe to us just what God’s love does. He tells us that we have been purified through Christ Jesus and that when we believe in him and are born again we become “imperishable.”
God knows how messed up and broken we can be but he loves us through every sin and every struggle we will ever face. God calls us to love just the way that he loves us. In the book of John, it says, “The glory that you have given to me I have given to them, that they may be one as we are one” (John 17:22). Jesus prayed these words of his twelve disciples because he knew that his time to take our sin was near. He asked God to help the twelve be united with God and to help them love the way that Jesus loved them. It is with that same love that Jesus loves each of us. We have a love shown to us by God that is beautiful and truly hard to comprehend. God’s plan is for us to show that same love on Earth by loving people the way God loves us unconditionally. He has purified even the deepest darkest parts of our hearts so that we can love the way he loves us.
Pray that God could show you how to love your friends, family, and classmates every day the same way he has loved you.