Love The Brethren

Love The Brethren

Love The Brethren

Brenden Ashby

How would you answer the question, “Do you love your siblings?”  Most of you would probably say yes without hesitation. The love that exists between brothers and sisters is hard to match in this life. But did you know that we are to have the same kind of love for our brethren?

In Romans 12:10 (LSB) we are admonished to be “devoted to one another in brotherly love.” This is that sibling type love. In the New Testament this love refers to the natural affection that should exist between Christians who are now siblings in God’s family (cf. 2 Cor. 6:18).

This love is not only the affection we have for our brethren, but also what we are willing to do for them (1 Jn. 3:18). In our Bibles we read of several actions that are associated with love for the brethren:

· Not being a stumbling block (1 Jn. 2:10).

· Taking care of physical needs (Acts 2:44-45).

· Practicing hospitality (Rom. 12:13).

· Visiting the orphan and widow (Jas. 1:27).

Romans 12:10 begins with “being devoted.” We should be giving our focus and energy to each other in brotherly love. All we have to do to get started is to look around and see the opportunities around us. Resolve this week to put into practice brotherly love.


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