Peter has carefully demonstrated Christ-followers are really those whom God has caused to be born into His family. This standing as children of God has brought amazing privileges including an eternal inheritance that can’t be taken away.
In response, Peter reminds us that we are to exhibit the family trait of holiness. That is, we are to be primarily God-directed in our lives with the secondary consequence that we become more and more averse to sin. But just how will a God-directed life be recognized? Before getting into more specifics, Peter gives two primary ways.
First, God-driven people are to live out their fear of God (17-21). Secondly, God-driven people are to live out their love for the church (22-25). This weekend we look at just what it means to “love one another earnestly from a pure heart.”