Sunday, June 5, 2011

Christian Brotherhood


I  am contemplating  this question this morning....  do we  realize just how important our  Christian  family is to us....  the love of others  as  Christ  loves us    and through us    is an elemental  component of our faith walk.  The Word of God has a lot to say on  our Christian brotherhood.

1 John 4:20

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.Today  in Sunday School,  we discussed  how  we are so  moved  by the visible world... our  visible  circumstances  and the people  around us who touch  our lives.. sometimes for   good and sometimes   for our detriment..    But  we are to  love one another,   just as God loves us!.

Galatians 3:28 

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Because we are Christians there are no geopolitical boundaries between us; there are no racial barriers; there are no cultural obstacles. Why? We have the bond of brotherhood in Christ, a bond that is stronger than any other. In that moment when we were talking, my identity was his identity and that made us one.  This is the power of the Holy Spirit working in us....

John 13:34 

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

One source I read  said the following  

"Often times Christians forget that we, if remaining faithful, will share Heaven. Yet, they want to hate each other here on this earth. The Bible tells us how we should continue in our walks with brothers and sisters. (Hebrews 13:1) "Let brotherly love continue.

John 13:35

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" ( Psalm 133:1)

Another  source  had this to offer...

Jesus said, "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another" (John 13:35). The love that worldlings see in the church should be so distinctive and superior that they will recognize it as coming from God... In  Matthew    5:13 Jesus also states we are the light of the world .. how we live, speak, treat one another,  do  business,    dwell in the community, in all things  we must  allow the  light of the Lord  who indwells us shine out into the dark world..    We must be defined by our love, our  integrity, our humility, and  desire to serve others..  The Christian walk isnt  easy...  it  isnt self seeking or lazy..  but it is a magnificent calling  from on high   to walk  with  the glory of Christ in us   empowered to do good works  by the presence of His Holy Spirit with us!

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