Brotherly Love

Romans 12: 9-10 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

What the scripture is saying here is for us to let our love for one another to be real and unfeigned.  We are expected to show affection to one another with “brotherly love” at all times, and not just some times.  This is not to say show love in front of the congregation when everyone is looking and tell your brother and sisters you love them, and then as soon as you’re somewhere else where not as many eyes are on you, you allow the spirit of backbiting to use you by talking about that same individual that you just professed love for.  This sort of behavior is not pleasing to God.

The scripture also says to abhor that which is evil.  To abhor something means to dislike something…meaning when we truly love, we will refrain from things or behavior that are evil.  We will not sit in the company of that which is evil, nor partake of any behavior that is evil.  If we are in the company of a talebearer; one who speaks against a brother or sister, our love should be bold enough to speak out against such behavior, and if it continues we should know to flee the presence of that sort of company. We should always desire to be encouraging by speaking good things over a person, and not negative things.   Proverbs 10:12 say, “Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.”  A person who sows discord is usually a person who’s heart is filled with hatred; but to love, it covers sin.  Love speak no evil towards our brothers or sisters.

My prayer today is father teach us how to love according to your will and not our own; that we shall speak that which is positive over one another so that our hearts will hold no hatred.  Teach us how to show forth our love but correcting that which appears to be evil as well as fleeing from that which refuses to be corrected, in Jesus name I pray, amen.

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