1 Peter 1:17-23: This Christmas season, we remember the birth of the Savior. Peter reminds us that as Christians we are washed in the Blood of the Lamb (Jesus). Our Hope and Joy lie in this fact. That Jesus came to this world as a baby to experience the world as a human meaning all of its temptations, yet he did not sin. In verses 22 and 23, Peter reminds us to Love one another. I know what you are saying there are some really unlovable people out there. Just remember God loves them, therefore, no matter how hard it is we have to look at the core of ourselves and ask why is this person so hard for me to love? At the very least we should pray for these people, because they are hard to love because they do not have Jesus. It is the ones that are hard to love that need Jesus the most. But we also need to examine ourselves to discover what it is about this person that makes them so hard to love. I am willing to bet 9 times out of 10 it is because they remind us of how we once were or how someone who was close to us. Someone that was close to us that we need to forgive. Even if they are unrepentant or don’t even realize what they did to hurt us. This is true even if the person has passed on. If God keeps placing someone like this in your life, he is placing them there because you have special skills, acquired through experience that can reach them for the Kingdom of God. He is also placing them there so you can clear your soul of previously unrecognized unforgiveness. It is not that God has not forgiven you, you need to forgive yourself. That is right our biggest enemy in unforgiveness is ourselves. Sometimes it is something that happened that was not even our fault, and we have for whatever reason taken the guilt upon ourselves. In the words of that infamous song “LET IT GO”. Jesus has forgiven you and you are free of the shame and guilt. Oh and once you do, it will be easier to Love others. Because the truth is if we are holding on to guilt or shame, especially if it was something we did not cause to happen; then we do not love ourselves as we should. If we do not learn to love ourselves then loving what we consider unlovable is impossible. And showing love to those we deem unworthy of our love is who Peter is telling us to LOVE. I mean after all, no one has to tell us to love those that are easy to love. No, we have to work to love those that make it hard for us to love.
17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.