Brotherly Kindness – Tue – 23-05-02

Have you ever wanted to take a skill to the next level? Maybe you want to improve your golf swing or pickle ball serve. Maybe you write, paint or pound out computer code. Sometimes people want to improve a skill related to work. At others,  people want to improve a hobby or pastime. Regardless of the skill, one way to improve it is to imitate someone who has mastered the skill.

The same is true in our Christian growth. If we want to improve our brotherly kindness or love, we can imitate God. John 5:20 says, “For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater things than these.” (NIV 1984)

The fascinating thing about this passage is the word love. It is not the usual word to describe God’s love, which is agape. No, it is the word phileo which means to love as a brother or as a family member.  The Father loves the Son. The word describes affection, emotion. A related word in the original language means to kiss on the cheek.

Notice also the close relationship described in the passage between God the Father and Jesus. The Father shows him all he does. If we want to develop brotherly love, we also need to spend time together with each other, modeling how to pray, witness and live a life of faith.

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