Have you seen rotten fruit or vegetables? Have you smelled that rancid smell? Have you struggled to keep them from becoming rotten? If there was a magical way you could learn to keep them fresh, would you?
If you have been an adult for a few years, chances are you have seen fruit or vegetables that have gone bad, they have rotted. You may have even seen mold growing on them, especially if it is a sweet fruit. Cleaning up the mess they make is not a favorite chore.
We know the fresh fruits and vegetables we purchase to prepare for our meals won’t last forever. In some cases, after a few days they begin to deteriorate, and we know we must cook them soon or we lose the opportunity. In other words, those fruits and vegetables are perishables.
Though we don’t like to admit it, we are perishable, too. Our shelf life may be longer than fresh apples, but we are perishable nonetheless. Yet, we are also imperishable if we have been purified by the blood of Jesus Christ. Putting our faith in Jesus makes us imperishable, even if the body we currently have is perishable. It seems counterintuitive. How can something perishable become imperishable? Only by God’s will and His enduring word.
What are we to do as imperishable people? Love. We are to love one another, not with a lighthearted love, but a deep love that comes from within our heart. We are to love with the same love God has shown us. Learning to love as God loves is a process. We grow in our love for one another as we grow in our faith. The stronger our faith, the deeper our love.
I pray we all choose to become imperishable. I pray we live in the love God has for us. I pray each one of us grow a deep love for one another, just as God loves us. Become imperishable through God’s word. Grow your faith in Jesus. Feel God’s love for you. Show God’s love to one another.
1 Peter 1:22-23 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. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.