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  • Bayo Afolaranmi
    Dearly Beloved, 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
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 16, 2013
      Dearly Beloved,

      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. 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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      "I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have
      sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,
      whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS
      GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).

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