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EMOTIONS, part  17 - Love  Shown  to  Brothers  and  Sisters
In  Christ ...cont...  quotes

1)     Are We to Manifest Christlike Love to All Our Brothers and Sisters in Christ?

     “My love be with you all in Christ Jesus.  Amen.” 1 Corinthians 16:24.

     In this verse Paul reveals that he loved all the brothers and sisters who were members of that home church.

2)    Is our love to be limited to just our fellow members of our local home church?

     “But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.  And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more”. 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10.

     In these verses Paul revealed that brotherly love was to be manifested for all brothers and sisters throughout the same country.  

3)    Is our love to be limited to just our brothers and sisters within our own country?

     “Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints”. Colossians 1:4.

     “Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers”. Ephesians 1:15-16.

     These verses reveal that Godly love is to extend to all our brothers and sisters in the same faith all around the world!  And we are even to manifest Godly love to those who may not love us in the same Godly way!

     “...though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.” 2 Corinthians 12:15.

4)    God’s blessings will not rest upon us if we are not truly loving one another as Christ as loved us!

     “Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.  Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door....Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.  The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:8-9, 16.

     The Greek word for “grudge” is “stenazo”, and it translates and means “to make in straits, to sigh, murmur, pray with grief, groan, grudge” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, word #4727).  This shows that we are not to grudge against one another, or in other words, we are not to bring any of our brothers or sisters into tight places, or do anything that will cause them to sigh, murmur, groan, or to be in grief which would then force them to pray to God for help to relieve their emotional pain.  So let us repent and confess our faults one to another, and pray for one another, so that any divisions or separations among us caused by not manifesting true Godly love for one another may be healed.

5)    “...let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.” Zechariah 7:10.

     “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven...And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?  Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye?  Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.” Mark 6:37, 41-42.

     These verses reveal that we if we believe someone has wronged us, we first had to have imagined that they did this evil to us, and then we had to have judged them as being guilty of doing this wrong.  Christ advises that before imagining evil against your fellow brother or sister, first carefully examine and judge your own actions to see if you are guilty of doing the same things you believe others have done against you.

6)    “But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.  But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.” Jeremiah 7:23-24.

     “Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil”. Proverbs 12:20.

7)     Lovingly think the best of one another, not the worst, and be very slow to judge others of wrongdoing.

     “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.  Charity never faileth”. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.

     “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem [the] other better than themselves.  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” Philippians 2:3-4.