As this year�s Valentine�s Day come and gone, let me resend a message
originally sent on October 16, 2010 to remind us of true love:
LET BROTHERLY LOVE CONTINUE
�Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by
so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. Remember the prisoners
as if chained with them - those who are mistreated - since you yourselves
are in the body also� (Hebrews 13:1-3 NKJV).
The book of Hebrews was mainly about the superiority of Jesus Christ over
the Old Testament prophets and religious systems (as briefly explained last
week). In concluding his message, the writer of the book admonished his
audience to let brotherly love continue. The Greek word (filadelfia)
translated �brotherly love� in most English translations of the Bible can
mean mutual love of brothers (and sisters) or �love for one's fellow
believer, affection for a fellow believer.� It is in contrast with another
Greek word (agapee) also translated �love� which is the unconditional and
unparallel love that God has for the mankind. The implication of the
admonition was that brotherly love already existed among the Hebrews that
the book was addressed to. So, it must continue and the continuation should
have no end. The writer of the book went ahead to give two explanations on
how to demonstrate brotherly love (Hebrews 13:2-3). One, by entertaining
strangers: he inferred to Abraham who unknowingly entertained angels (see
Genesis 19). Two, by caring for the less privileged: Jesus Christ alluded
to this in one of His parables (see Matthew 25:34-46). There are other ways
of making brotherly love continue among us.
It is evident from these two ways of demonstrating brotherly love that the
�brother� that one is to love may not necessarily be a sibling or a fellow
believer (as a commentator put it) or somebody of common interest, but
anyone that one can help at a given time. The Samaritan in the popular
parable of the Good Samaritan has been a classic example of demonstration
of brotherly love (see Luke 10:25-37).
Many people would say that they love God, and they are ready to do anything
for Him. However, do they love their fellow �brother�? Such people are
hypocrites! Apostle John said, �If anyone says, �I love God,� yet hates his
brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he
has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen� (1 John 4:20 NIV).
A very important reason why one should let brotherly love continue is that
one may on one occasion or the other be at the receiving end of such love.
The �strange� stranger who leads the love or care may be YOU!
Do you have brotherly love? Be ready to demonstrate it to anyone that comes
your way. Let brotherly love continue!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Pray that God will help you to continue to demonstrate
genuine brotherly love to anyone that comes your way.
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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