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Practicing Brotherly Love

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The Bible not only tells us to continue in brotherly love, it gives us instructions on how to do that.  I’ve heard them called the “one anothers”:

  • Be at peace with one another (Mark 9:50)
  • Outdo one another in showing honor (Romans 12:10)
  • Serve one another (Galatians 5:13)
  • Forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32)
  • Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ (Ephesians 5:21)
  • Accept one another, just as Christ accepted you (Romans 5:17)
  • Instruct one another (Romans 15:14)
  • Bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2)
  • Encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 4:9)
  • Admonish one another (Colossians 3:16)
  • Be patient with one another (Ephesians 4:2)
  • Be kind and compassionate with one another (Ephesians 4:32)
  • Pray for one another (James 5:16)
  • Confess your sins to one another (James 5:16)

Then there are some “do nots.”

  • Don’t pass judgement on one another (Romans 14:13)
  • Do not lie to one another (Colossians 3:9)
  • Do not slander one another (James 4:11)
  • Do not grumble against one another (James 5:9)

How do you do with this list?  If you’re like me, you fall down quite a bit.  I have to admit patience and not grumbling are areas I really need to work on;  serving and submitting deserve extra attention as well.  What about confessing sins to one another — I would really rather not go there!

It boils down to this:  brotherly love requires humility and sacrifice.  It involves imitating the one who loved us like a brother — Jesus.  He did all these things and did them perfectly.  He’s the one who teaches us to love.

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Following the Lamb of God

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“…John was standing with two of his disciples and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God!’  The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.”  John 1:35-37

The verses above were part of our gospel reading and sermon in church yesterday.  John the Baptist recognizes Jesus as the lamb of God, and two of John’s disciples immediately leave and follow Him.  Our pastor made the point that the pair had no idea of what following Jesus would mean, or what that path would lead them to: they knew who he was, and so they followed.

I wish I could say I have that kind of trust and obedience. Too often, I am guilty of this kind of thinking:  “Of course, I want to follow you, Jesus, but where are we going?  What is the point of this activity you are calling me to do (or to give up).”  Remember the old ‘I Love Lucy’ shows, and how Lucy would often say, ‘splain it to me, Ricky.’  I want God to ‘splain it to me” before I put my whole heart and energy into it.

Of course, this is wrong.  I should be willing to obey God because of who He is, one step at a time.  If I trust Him, I trust Him to lead me to the end of journey that He has planned for me.  I’m reminded of the hymn, ‘He Leadeth Me.”

Lord, I would clasp Thy Hand in mine, nor ever murmur nor repine

Content whatever lot I see, Still ’tis His hand that leadeth me.

He leadeth me, He leadeth me, By His own hand He leadeth me;

His faithful follower I would be, For by His Hand He leadeth me.