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Another year draws to a close. Time for reflection on the old year and anticipation of the New Year. The verse gives the standard: “Love one another deeply, from the heart’’ (1 Peter 1:22). Love is described as “sincere” and as “deep.” Has your love held steady or fluctuated erratically during the past year? Think of your relationship at home, on the job, in church, in your social contacts. I fear that my “love thermometer” registers lovelessness, inconstancy, selfishness.

Enter God’s purifying process for the New Year. We are purified by the blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19). He came as the Father’s love incarnate. He consistently loved friends and enemies alike, even to His death on the cross for us. His “love thermometer” registers warmth, sincerity, and depth at all times. He purifies us in our Baptism. That process continues in our lives as new creatures. His word cleanses us. The Holy Meals cleanses us. He then purifies us in our obedience to the truth through trials and suffering (1 Peter 1:3-7). In Short, God, who forgives our lovelessness of the past year, promises to purify us for love in the New Year as we look to His loving Son.


Written by: Pius Kedem Sedofia

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