1 Peter 1:8 (NKJV) whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
This verse means a lot because it comes from Peter who has been with the Lord Jesus Christ for three years. And in the end, Peter had failed Jesus miserably. But what did Jesus do? Do you remember, the morning on the shore of the Sea of Galilee when Jesus reinstated Peter? Jesus said to Peter the third time, ““Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep”” (John 21:17 NKJV). Jesus asked Peter “Do you love Me?” That was the test. Do you love Jesus? Peter humbly answered “Lord, You know all things, You know that I love You.” Then Jesus said to Peter, “Feed My sheep.” Jesus reinstated Peter, and on the Day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit came down from heaven like tongues on fire upon all who were gathered there and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and they began to speak with other tongues by the power of the Holy Spirit. Then Peter preached to them and they understood in own language. “And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:40-42 NKJV). Peter was still a useable vessel because Peter loved Jesus. Now Peter says to us, “Whom having not seen you love.” Can we as believers fail from time to time, that is can we turn temptation into sin? Yes, we all are likely to stumble and fall. But if we love the Lord Jesus Christ, then it is not our desire to sin, rather it is because of our weaknesses of the flesh that we get into the pig pen, so to speak. However, when we love Christ, it is never our desire to sin. That is, we don’t use the cross as our get out of jail free card, to allow us to do whatever we want to do. If that is our perspective, then we seriously need to take a good hard look at our relationship with Christ, because we really don’t have one. However, when we love Christ, God can look into our hearts and see a faith that never fails. How can we have a faith that never fails? By repenting of our sins and letting the Holy Spirit continue to purify our faith. It is as the song goes, “Purify my heart, Let me be as gold, pure gold. Refiner’s fire, My heart’s one desire is to be holy, Set apart for You, Lord. I choose to be holy, Set apart for You, my Master, Ready to do Your will.” This is the secret to growing spiritually. When we love Jesus Christ, everything else will fall into place. If you don’t love Jesus then nothing is going to get you out of the pig pen. And neither will you be reinstated to serve God. My friends, are you really in love with Jesus? Or is your faith meaningless and without joy? I hope you love the Lord Jesus Christ. If you do, then your love for Christ will solve a lot of your problems. Loving Christ draws the family together. Loving Christ draws believers together. Loving Christ will help you in all your relationships. Loving Christ will bring rejoicing to your heart. Are you rejoicing in loving Christ? You ought to be because it is wonderful to be a child of God.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.