A Brotherly Love

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:34-35, NLT)

Love is something that defines us Christians. We love our brothers and sisters in Christ and those who aren’t saved, but the Bible also says to love our enemies (Matt. 5:44). Love is a huge part of being a Christian, and yet sometimes, it simply isn’t evident in our daily lives.

Let’s start by looking at how the Bible defines love:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NIV)

To me, love really sounds like the definition of the perfect person. And who is perfect?

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:8, NIV)

God is. He is perfect; He is love.

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. (Romans 12:9-10, NLT)

A lot of times we just pretend to love those around us. Sometimes we don’t even bother pretending. But as John 13:34 said, just as God has loved us (Romans 5:8), we need to love each other. This verse also clearly says that our love needs to be genuine. This verse states what we need to do very clearly:

Do everything in love. (1 Corinthians 16:14, NIV)

Let’s wrap this up by talking about light.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16, NIV)

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5, NIV)

When we’re saved, God’s light enters our hearts. As Jesus said in the book of Matthew, no one would turn on a lamp and hides the light it provides. We need to let our “light shine before others”. We need to spread the love that God has placed in our hearts.


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