Let Brotherly Love Continue, Etc.

brotherly love

Today’s Scripture Reading

Today, we continue on, with more of the Scripture reading I love. If you read yesterday’s post, you know that this is something that is pressing to me, and so I will continue on. Maybe because there is one single person out there somewhere, in this great big world, that needs something. It might not be someone who reads it right away. However, it could be a year from now. Ten years. Who knows?

The point is, I must be obedient to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Many times in the past, I have let “little things” like this slide, but that probably wasn’t the best thing to do. I felt like it didn’t seem to have enough sustenance, if you will, and would seem trivial at best, so I hunkered back.

But I imagine it didn’t make much sense to that blind man when Jesus made a paste of mud and spit, and then told him to go wash himself. Sometimes there’s more to it than meets the eye.

So, today’s reading is Hebrews chapter 13. Won’t you read along?

Hebrews Chapter 13

(1) Let brotherly love continue

(2) Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

(3) Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

(4) Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

(5) Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

(6) So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

(7) Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of the their conversation.

(8) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

(9) Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have profited them that have been occupied therein.

(10) We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.

(11) For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.

(12) Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

(13) Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

(14) For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

(15) By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

(16) But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

(17) Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

(18) Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.

(19) But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.

(20) Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

(21) Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

(22) And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words.

(23) Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.

(24) Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.

(25) Grace be with you all. Amen.

What Did Paul Say?

I have always loved these first couple of verse. To start with, Paul admonishes everyone to let brotherly love continue. But what does that mean, exactly? Well, it’s simply really. It’s a “family” kind of love. The kind of love where, even if you’re mad at one another, you can easily work out your differences, because you’re family.

But what’s interesting is what he goes on to say. That we should not forget to entertain strangers, because it could be that we are entertaining angels without even knowing it. How awesome is that? I’ve often wondered, how many times in my own life have I held a door for someone or exchanged some other kind gesture, all the while not knowing it was an angel?

On the other hand, it saddens me to think of all the times I wasn’t kind, or the times I didn’t act in love. As the old saying goes, the road travels in both directions.

Remembering Those In Bonds

It is often spoken of, throughout the New Testament and the Old alike, that we should remember those in bonds. More often than not, our mind goes automatically to those in jail. In fact, there are many prison ministries that use some variation of this term.

But there are other bonds as well that have our brothers and sisters confined. Bonds that we, as Christians and Ambassadors of the Kingdom, MUST NEVER FORGET ABOUT. What are they? Why, they’re bonds of…

  • poverty
  • sickness
  • hopelessness
  • self-disdain and self-pity
  • homelessness
  • unemployment

There are so many more! Always pray to have eyes that see, ears that hear, and a heart that is prone to compassion. Then make sure you offer arms that will reach out, feet that will go and a mouth that will speak the Truth in love. Because that’s what they need most of all.

Keep Moving Forward

I encourage you to keep reading, keep diving deeper and deeper into the word, and furthermore, keep seeking His will throughout each and every verse. There are nuggets of gold, still to this day, that I find buried in verses I’ve highlighted and underlined and made notes beside. Just as His mercies are new every morning, so are the ways in which He speaks to us through His Word.

If you have a question, you’ll find an answer. If you have a problem, you’ll find direction. Whatever you’re going through, God can lead you directly to whatever it is that you need to know to move through it. And the more of the Word you get on the inside of you, the more of an arsenal you’ll have for the battle at hand. Because, whether we want to admit it or not, we are surely in one!

 

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