Hebrews 13:1, “Let brotherly love continue.”
Not enough can be said about the need for love in this world. With all the hate and pain, there is always a need for a breath of fresh air called love. What is good as well is brotherly love.
Brotherly love. This comes from the Greek word φιλαδελφία philadelphía, fil-ad-el-fee’-ah; fraternal affection:—(kindness), love of the brethren.
As Christ-followers, we need to understand the concept of brotherly love. Every single person on this Earth is our brother (or sister). The love of Christ is given to every single person in the world, regardless of gender, race or lifestyle. Salvation is freely offered as well to all. This means that if Christ can love everyone, we must do everything we can to love everyone as well. This is not always easy though.
There are people out there that are tough to love. People who are stubborn, difficult, hateful, prejudiced, and racist are especially difficult to love. We must think about this in a different way. Christ loved and even died for these people. We may be those people at times. We are all sinners so we cannot judge anyone but must simply love as God loves.
This love carries true for all relationships that we have to include friendships and marriages. When times get tough, that is when love is needed even more. That is not the time to give up. Satan and his demonic evil want us to give when it gets rough and forget about what God can do for us. God’s love can and does cover all. That said, we cannot love exactly as God does because His love is perfect. Our love should emulate, to the best of our less-than-perfect selves, God’s. That means we try harder to love everyone. We try harder to be kind. Be helpful. Be considerate.
When showing God’s love, we need to care, not only for physical needs, but also for spiritual needs. We cannot save anyone. We did not die to bring salvation. We can do everything we can to bring those who do not know Jesus to a saving knowledge of Him. In the end, our spiritual needs are so much more important. Making sure that we know where our souls are going after physical death is eternally important.
Let us care about our brothers and sisters. Let us stand together. Let us love as God loves. Let us be there and make this world a better place for our generation and generations to come.
Thank You for Your love. Your love is so large and so awesome that it is beyond words. Help us to love like You love and use the words that You would have us to use. You have shown us the great example of love that You can in the form of Your Son, Jesus. Help us to change the world for the better and to serve You. We can make this change through Your power and Your glory.
In Your name we pray,