A REMINDER TO LOVE THE BRETHREN

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“Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.”
Galatians 6:10 NLT

The majority of our morning devotion this month has been concentrated on prayer. But this morning, we will take some time to remind ourselves of the need to love the brethren.

As children of God, we are expected to love and walk in love at all times (Ephesians 5:1). One of the ways to do this is by doing good to everyone (regardless of their color or status), and much more to our brothers and sisters in Christ.

The Ten Commandments of the Old Testament were beautifully summarized by Jesus in Mark 12:29-31 thus:

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:30-31 KJV

Jesus says the love for God and our neighbors is paramount. Like a compulsory question in an exam that must be answered, no other requirement is greater than this.

Paul further helps to reinforce this love instruction in 1 Corinthians 13:2 NLT thus: “If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.”

If anyone is to be loving, it should be us Christians. Love should be a vital attribute that distinguishes us from the rest of the world. Hence, we cannot afford to take a love break or reserve it for a select few.

It is also important to remember that as fellow brethren, we all are one body in Christ (Romans 12:5). Just as the head is concerned about the pain of a finger in the natural sense, so must we be concerned about our brothers and sisters in our local churches and the global body of Christ.

To this end, we must genuinely seek the best for them, show care and carry their burdens, pray for and support them to the best of our abilities.

When it is well with our brethren, it is well with us. When things are not going well for them, we must reckon ourselves to be in their shoes (Hebrews 13:2). We must love the brethren.

SAY THIS: Love is my identity. I love like Christ. I love my fellow brethren. I do good unto all men.

Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 11:14-28, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28, Psalms 143, 2 Chronicles 13-16.

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