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Brotherly Love

But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; 1 Thessalonians 4:9 (NKJV)

Have you ever thought about your responsibility to other Christian believers—ever wonder what God desires for you to do for them?  Ultimately everything we do for one another should be done out of our love for God—as if we were doing it for Him (Col. 3:17; 23, 1 Cor. 10:31).  After all, love is the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22), and therefore every act of ours should be a manifestation of God’s love through us. One of the ways God’s love is manifested through us is when we are kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love (Rom. 12:10). 

This term, “kindly affectionate” is from the Greek word, “Philostorgos” fil-os’-tor-gos.   This is a compound of the two words, Philos and Storge.  Philos refers to a friendly love, while Storge refers to a natural family-type of love.  This love is not based on any physical type of attraction.  So when we are being “kindly affectionate” to our fellow Christian brothers and sisters, we simply love them in a brotherly way as a member of God’s family—it’s Brotherly Love.

We must understand this is not merely an option in our Christian walk, but is actually a command.  Let’s face it though; there are many unique and very different types of people within this world, including those within the Christian community.  And at some point we will find ourselves challenged by the attitudes and behaviors of other believers.  I have witnessed many people, who strongly profess to know and love Jesus, but their disdain, contempt, and even hatred for other believers reflects in their unwillingness to truly love unconditionally.  This should not be named among any of us as followers of Christ.

He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. 1 John 2:9-11 (NKJV)

Q:         So how should this truth affect my life and my actions?

We need to identify and acknowledge God’s plan as perfect, and part of His plan is allowing for us to be unique for a specific purpose—each of us is an integral part of the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12).  Knowing this, we would be wise to guard ourselves from only hanging out with those who are like us, and abstaining from associating with those who are different.  God’s desire for us is to love each Christian brother and sister equally, and to do this we need to be a part of their lives.

In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. 1 John 3:10, 17-19 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these truths today. 

STUDY QUESTION: What do the verses in 1 John 3:10, 17-19 tell us about our being Christian in word only, versus being a real Christian in deed?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is God’s love for others revealed in your way of living?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: If we cannot see the love of God consistently flowing through our lives—especially to those who are different than us—then we need to ask God to allow us to see them in the way he sees them, and to give us His heart and love for them. 

LET’S PRAY:  Father, thank You for Your love for each of us.  Thank You for Your Word to light our path.  Thank You for Your mercy and grace You’ve bestowed upon our lives.  Help us to love others in the same way You love us, and help us to identify any person we have failed to do this with.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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