1 Peter 3:8 “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous”
Tolstoy, the great Russian writer, was passing along a street one day when a beggar stopped him and pleaded for alms. The great Russian searched through his pockets for a coin but finding none he regretfully said, “Please don’t be angry with me, my brother, but I have nothing with me. If I did I would gladly give it to you.”
The beggar’s face flamed up, and he said, “You have given me more than I asked for. You have called me brother.”
Brotherly love is a virtue that even the world without Christ values. How often we see that people who don’t even know the Lord display kindness and generosity to their fellow man. I think it is an indication of how we are made in God’s image. The Lord’s very nature is kind and generous.
It is an indictment against Christians when worldly people who don’t even know God, display more brotherly love than Christian brothers do for each other. When is the last time that you reached out to one of your brothers in Christ to express love for him?
There are plenty of ways to express brotherly love without words. It can be done with an act of unexpected kindness, it can be done by taking some time to pray with them, or it can be done with some words of encouragement and support. Find a way to express brotherly love.
Today’s Biblical Manhood Principle: Brotherly love must be expressed in order to be felt.