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Renewing Your Passion for Spiritual Growth (10 of 10)
Series: Restoring Your Passion for Life
I Peter 1:22-25
If you want to take your Bible, the text is found in I Peter 1:22. We are still talking about "Renewing Your Passion for Life." And I hope that these messages about renewing your passion have been a blessing to you. We do need, from time to time, to think about renewing our passion in the Christian life. Because the Christian life is to do something that is growing, something that is constantly being renewed, day-by-day, something that is alive. It is a living organism that which Christ has put in us, a heart of love for Him.
Now in I Peter 1:22, we find a verse about growing in Christ. So today I am talking about "Renewing Your Passion for Growth", personal, spiritual growth in your own life. After we are born again, we begin to grow in the Christian life and we are never to stop growing until that day when God calls us home. No matter how old we get physically, we never get too old spiritually to grow. We never get too old spiritually to learn and to continue to achieve, to continue to develop, continue to get better, to continue to know more and get deeper in our walk with God, amen? So I trust today that you want to know more about spiritual growth.
I Peter 1:22-25 "Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because "All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, But the word of the LORD endures forever." Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you."
Now the Bible says here that we are to love one another with a pure heart fervently, earnestly. Our love for one another is to be unrestrained. It is to be fervent. It is to be an outward expression of love. It is to be enthusiastic. Our love for one another is to be unabashed. It is to be unrestrained. We are to love one another with an open, excited, enthusiastic, kind of love. And the only place you can get that kind of love is in a true church of the Lord Jesus Christ. People are to know that we love one another in the church. Jesus said "By this shall all men know, that you are my disciples, if you love one another." He didn't say they will know that you are my disciples if you wear a t-shirt, He didn't say they will know that you are my disciples if have a bumper sticker, He didn't say they will know you are my disciples if you tell them, He said they will know your are my disciples if you love one another. And Peter echoes this when he says; see that you love one another earnestly. And this is a part of your spiritual growth.
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