Skip to comments.The Importance of Brotherly Love
Posted on 01/12/2018 6:15:54 PM PST by metmom
Let love of the brethren continue (Hebrews 13:1).
Genuine love among Christians is a testimony to the world, to ourselves, and to God.
The importance of brotherly love extends well beyond the walls of your local church or fellowship hall. In John 13:35 Jesus says, By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. In effect, God has made love for one another the measuring stick by which the world can determine if our Christian profession is genuine. Thats why its so important that we have a selfless attitude and sincerely place the interests of our brothers and sisters in Christ ahead of our own.
If you are a parent, you know what a delight it is when your children love and care for one another. Such harmonious relations make for a close-knit family and fulfill the words of the psalmist: Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! (Ps. 133:1). God is both pleased and glorified when Christian brothers and sisters love each other and minister together in harmony.
Neither the author of Hebrews nor the apostle John is equating love with a sentimental, superficial affection. As already suggested, practical commitment marks true brotherly love. If you do not have such commitment, it is fair to question your relationship to God (1 John 3:17). Refusing to help a fellow believer when you can, John reasons, reveals that you dont really love him. And if you dont love him, Gods love cant be in your heart, which proves that you dont belong to Him. This logic is sobering and persuasive. It should motivate us all the more to see the importance of practicing brotherly love: Let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. We shall know by this that we are of the truth, and shall assure our heart before Him (1 John 3:18-19).
Suggestions for Prayer
Ask the Lords forgiveness for times when you did not show brotherly love or when you were reluctant to help another Christian in need.
For Further Study
Read Luke 6:31-35 and notice how our duty to love extends even beyond the sphere of fellow believers. What kind of reward results?
Studying God’s Word ping
Nothing is harder than loving your brother. (I don’t mean my individual brother, who is a decent guy: we’re friendly, but not close.) However, for many people, their siblings are the hardest people to love.
My mom always said, *You can pick your friends. You can’t pick your relatives.*
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