Love of the Brethren

John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you. . . .”

1st John 3:22-24 [Believing on the Lord is connected with loving one another and keeping his commandments.]

5:2-3 “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we . . . keep his commandments.”

[This truth might not be immediately obvious, but think of your reaction when one of the church members claims that when he committed adultery, it didn’t have anything to do with his lack of love for the brethren.]

2nd John 5-6 [Same]

1st Peter 2:17 “Love the brotherhood.”

3:8-9 “. . . love as brethren. . . .”

Hebrews 13:1 “Let brotherly love continue.”

John 15:11-13, 17, (18) “These things I command you, that ye love one another.”

(Psalm 109:2-5 “And they have rewarded me . . . hatred for my love.”)

(Matthew 24:10-13 “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”)

1st Thessalonians 3:8-13 “. . . increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men. . . .”

Romans 12:9-10 “Let love be without dissimulation. . . . Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love. . . .”

1st Peter 1:22 “. . . unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently. . . .”

Philippians 1:9-10 “. . . that your love may abound . . . that ye may be sincere. . . .”

1st John 3:10-18 “. . . we should love one another . . . in deed and in truth.”

John 17:25-26 “. . . that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them. . . .”

Ephesians 4:2-3 “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love. . . .”

5:1-2 “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us. . . .”

Acts 20:35 “. . . ye ought to support the weak. . . .”

QUESTION: Does this mean people in a wheel chair?

1st Peter 3:7 “the wife . . . the weaker vessel” (Yet even some of the men fall in this category!)

1st Thessalonians 5:14 “. . . comfort the feebleminded, support the weak. . . .” (Give me an example.)

Matthew 18:15 “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.”

vs. 21-35 “So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.”

Galatians 5:13 “. . . use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”

Hebrews 10:24-25 “. . . provoke unto love and to good works . . . exhorting one another. . . .”

[The love of God in us, provokes those around us to the same mind (or drives them away because they’re sick of hearing it.)]

Galatians 6:1 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” [What does that mean?]

vs. 2-10 [Verse 2 is present tense, while verse 5 is future tense; leading you in how to think because of verse 7.]

James 5:20 “Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.”

QUESTION: Whose sins are being hidden?

ANSWER: At the least, the sins of the one who was converted from the error of his way.

1st Peter 4:8 “. . . for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.”

Romans 14:4 “Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.”

Philippians 2:1-3 “Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love. . . .”

Psalm 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

1st Thessalonians 4:9 “. . . for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.”

1st Corinthians 13:1-13 “. . . but the greatest of these is charity.”

1st John 4:7-12 “Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. . . . and his love is perfected in us.”

v. 16-21 “. . . he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”