Brotherly Kindness

….giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
and to godliness brotherly kindness.” (From II Peter-1:5-7).

The basic thrust of loving kindness seems to be to love the brethren. Of course, this isn’t just having warm thoughts of them. It is caring for them, helping them as much as you possibly can, praying for them, valuing them, respecting them, enjoying each other, etc. We have “blood” ties with brothers and sisters in Christ, His blood! Jesus loved; He gave us the example of what that means. His heart was opened to those He died for, without them having any merit of their own. Paul gives us some ways to love the brethren in Romans 12. Consider these excerpts from Chapter 12: “Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality” (Verse 13). “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep” (Verse 15). Highly regard the brethren; they are God’s possession! They were “bought with a price and what a price! (“….ye are bought with a price.” From I Corinthians 6:20). These ties should mean even more than our family ties. “In Thy great Name we meet, to sing, and preach, and pray; and also wash each other’s feet: be with us, Lord, today. The Holy Ghost, O God, send down, to aid in all these things that we like men that’s of renown, may sound on Heav‘nly strings. In preaching, Lord, we pray attend, and send the Spirit here, the churches ruins for to mend; come, Holy Ghost, appear. (From the hymn: “Lord, we have come at Thy command.”-Author unknown). Selah! One thing that stood out in the lives of those early Christians was stated this way: “See how they loved one another!”    Ron

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