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What does a person filled with brotherly kindness look like? When you think of brotherly kindness, do you picture someone who is loving? Do you see a smile, a gentle manner, someone who is always supportive? Is brotherly kindness displayed by always agreeing with you, or always making you feel good? If this is your picture of brotherly kindness, it is incomplete.
Listen to this passage which translates the word for brotherly kindness as “love.” Revelation 3:19-20 says, “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (NIV 1984)
Jesus is the perfect example of brotherly kindness or brotherly love. But he doesn’t always make us feel good. Those whom he loves, he rebukes and disciplines. Does he do this gently? Of course, but he is firm in calling us to do what is right. Remember the times he told someone to “go and sin no more”?
This week, we’ve learned that developing brotherly kindness involves deepening relationships with others. Weeping with them, rejoicing with them, working and enduring together, as well as greeting each other warmly. But we also need the willingness to correct each other when we stray from the path of righteousness. Add to your faith brotherly kindness.
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