Brotherly love – a study to follow

Editors note: This is a brand new series designed to help you love the Lord with all of your heart, mind and strength so you can love your neighbor (Matthew 22:39-40). The first post in this series was by Brian Hedges who wrote on Love and Spiritual Transformation. In the second post, Matthew Sims wrote on God So Loved. The third post in the series is by Matthew Fretwell who wrote on sharing love. The fourth post was written by Dave Jenkins on How To Love and Care for your Wife. The fifth post was written by Dave on Valentines Day, Love and the Gospel. The sixth post was written by Mike Boling Love is Patient, Love is Kind. The seventh post was written by Dave Jenkins on Love and Marriage: Seven Years of Love, Bless and Trials. The eighth post was written by Dave Jenkins on Reading and Love: Loving God and Serving Others. The ninth post was written by Craig Hurst writes on Husbands, Love your wives like Christ. Today, Dave concludes the love series by writing about brotherly love.


Hebrews 13:1, “Let brotherly love continue.”

The New Testament resounds with the command to love the “brothers,” an idiom for fellow believers in the faith (Matt. 22:39 John 1334; Rom. 13:81 Cor. 13: 1 Peter 1:221 John 2:103:10 4:7).  The word “love” used in Hebrews 13:1 is φιλαδελφία transliterated from the Greek as philadelphia which means “Love of brothers or sisters, brotherly love; in the NT the love which Christians cherish for each other as brethren.”  We all have heard of Philadelphia before because it is known as the city of brotherly love.

Christians are to love one another because Jesus has loved them first. 1 Thessalonians 4:9 declares, “Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.” Loving other believers should be as easy as falling off a log. Christians should not wait to get to church where they can drink in the fellowship of the godly. For the early church, the fellowship of their new brothers and sisters was delectably mysterious to them and they rejoiced in plumbing the depths of each other’s souls.

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