You have not seen Christ, but still you love him.

You have not seen Christ, but still you love him. You cannot see him now, but you believe in him. So you are filled with a joy that cannot be explained, a joy full of glory. -1 Peter 1:8 NCV

These words are so hard to explain to someone who has not been born from above. How can one love someone who they have never seen? The concept seems a bit delusional. Yet the past two millennia have been filled with millions of people who have expressed a love for God that had led them to either martyrdom or acts of great service to mankind.

I reminds me of how the prophet Daniel once wrote about the people who know God being strong and acting in faith. The key word is know. While it is true that we have not seen Christ with our physical eyes, it is also true that we who know God have seen him with our spiritual eyes. It is why we love him and are filled a glorious and unexplainable joy.

We love you Lord. Teach us lord to trust the invisible One who we know. The Spirit who lives in our hearts.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the epistles of Peter.

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