August 9, 2022     2:34 pm
346. Week of Twenty Second Sunday after Trinity - Tuesday
Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love
          Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love, in honour preferring one another.   Romans 12:10
          How does God want us Christians to be minded toward one another and to deal with one another? We should have brotherly love for and among one another; for we are brethren. We have one heavenly Father. We have one head, the Saviour, and hence are members of one body. We have one Holy Spirit, who rules within us all. We are going toward that one house of the Father, toward one eternal home. Ties of blood-relationship are as nothing when compared with our spiritual relationship. Therefore we should cherish brotherly love for one another. And in this brotherly love we should be kindly affectionate one to another. We should deal kindly with one another. In a truly affectionate manner we should rejoice with them that rejoice, and weep with them that weep. (v. 15) And our brotherly love must be active, or it is not kindly affectionate. Share what you have with the brethren who need it and be hospitable. (v. 13.) We should not let the weaknesses, mistakes, infirmities, and insults of our brethren embitter us. Are we better than they? We should respect the brethren. Each one should esteem the other better than himself. Thus we should in honour prefer one another. We should treat the lowliest brother just the same as we do the most prominent one. (v. 16.) If our brother treats us badly, we should not be overcome with evil, abandoning brotherly love, but overcome evil with good, with love. This is how we children of God should be minded toward one another; this is how we should deal with one another. Let this be the goal for which we strive in the Holy Spirit.
          PRAYER: - Dear Heavenly Father, teach me inwardly, through Your Word and Your Holy Spirit, to love the brethren. My heart, indeed, is depraved and selfish and hateful. But create a new thing within it, O Lord, and change it, so that brotherly love may sprout and grow within it, which in yonder eternal home, will bear perfect fruit. Hear my prayer for Jesus' sake. Amen.

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August 9, 2022     2:34 pm