The Fixed Practice of Loving Our Brothers

1 John 2:7-11 7Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the message which you have heard [the doctrine of salvation through Christ].   8Yet I am writing you a new commandment, which is true (is realized) in Him and in you, because the darkness (moral blindness) is clearing away and the true Light (the revelation of God in Christ) is already shining.   9Whoever says he is in the Light and [yet] hates his brother [Christian, born-again child of God his Father] is in darkness even until now.   10Whoever loves his brother [believer] abides (lives) in the Light, and in It or in him there is no occasion for stumbling or cause for error or sin.   11But he who hates (detests, despises) his brother [in Christ] is in darkness and walking (living) in the dark; he is straying and does not perceive or know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

We see here that one indication of whether we are living in God is whether we love our brothers (or sisters) in Christ. Hebrews 13:1 says 1LET LOVE for your fellow believers continue and be a fixed practice with you [never let it fail].  God’s love for us never fails, so we in turn should never let our love for others fail. How do we determine if we are walking in love? We can refresh our memory on what love is. 1 Corinthians 13 gives us the best description of the characteristics of love. A characteristic is a defining feature, a quality that makes something recognizable.  We can recognize if we are showing love in our lives by whether or not we are exhibiting the following traits. For time sake I will paraphrase, but I encourage you to go back and read it for yourself. It says love is long suffering, patient, kind, it doesn’t envy, it is not prideful, doesn’t act unseemly or inappropriately, it doesn’t insist on it’s own way, it is not self-seeking, it is not resentful, it doesn’t take notice of wrongs, it rejoices in right and truth, it bears up under anything and it believes the best in everyone, it endures everything and it never fails.
When we show these qualities to those around us we are walking in the God kind of love. The kind of love that says even if you don’t treat me right, I’m still going to love you. Even if you don’t deserve it, I’m still going to love you. Even if you talk badly about me, use me or abuse me, I’m still going to love you. I encourage you today to go out of your way to show God’s love to someone in your life.

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