You have purified your souls. You have been born anew.

You have purified your souls by obeying the truth in order to show sincere mutual love. So love one another earnestly from a pure heart. You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God. -1Peter 1:22-23 NET

Psuché is the Greek word that is translated here as soul. The word represents the breath of life and the seat of affections and will. It is what makes me "me". When Peter writes of a purified soul he teaches us about how acts of love can cleanse us when they are done in obedience to to Christ. I believe that this is the impact that faith can have on the soul.

Yet there is a greater impact. An eternal impact. When Peter speaks to us about being born anew he speaks about a soul that has been transformed from mortal to immortal. From perishable to imperishable. Once destined for death. Now destined to eternity. Such is a life that has been born from above. Not only a cleaner soul but one destined for heaven.

Help us Lord to be loving, living and enduring ambassadors of your eternal kingdom.

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

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