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The Real Thing

1 Peter 1:22-23
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, 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.

In 1969, an international soft drinks manufacturer used a new slogan, "The real thing". This catch-phrase featured in a TV advert which has been declared the best of all time. Its appeal was simple: the authenticity of satisfied thirst. Of course, that can only be a pale illustration of the satisfaction that Jesus Christ brings to every one who believes in him. Although Christ's blood cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7), if we honour our new relationship with Him, we will want to be active in rooting out the impurity from which we have been rescued. True belief should lead to real lifestyle change.

That old impure life is seen in disobedience, hatred, hypocrisy and self-centredness. Peter says that our life should change when we become children of God; and this should be evident in our relationships within the family of God. He does not advocate nice, syrupy words to get others to think well of you, but obedience to God's Word. He is not interested in manipulating people or 'spinning' a good story, but in genuine love. He throws out the idea of superficial 'fellowship' and replaces it with the need for deep, heart-felt, sacrificial love.

We first knew about God's work of saving us when we heard the authentic gospel. That Word remains true always and there is nothing deceitful about it. It does not change with time or decay in power. Its message is the only way to find the real Saviour. But, having found Him, how can we be two-faced with other believers, or use them for our own purposes, or relate in falsehood and hypocrisy? Honesty, purity, integrity and genuine love are etched into the cross of Christ ... they should also be seen in every interaction between Christians too. So, plan how to put this into action in your workplace, as well as your church.

Loving Saviour. Thank You for Your love which bound You to the cross for my sake, and for every other person who welcomes Your grace by faith. Help me at work, as well as in the church, to relate with fellow believers in a way that reflects the purity and integrity of Your love to us. For Your glory's sake. Amen
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