Hebrews 13:1 “Let brotherly love continue.”
We can’t learn about Jesus without learning about how to live the life He has put within us. We are partakers of the divine nature, so we are to start living in that divine nature. This includes brotherly love.
“Continue” implies that it exists, but that it can be hindered by something. See to it that nothing hinders but that it goes on unrestrained. Don’t let it die out. The Spirit of God stirred the author to write these few words in what is known as a “present imperative.” It means it is a written as a command, like you might see a sentence with an exclamation point after it. It is to be their habitual, God commanded, Spirit-enabled effort to do all they can do to make brotherly love is practiced.
“No man can love a saint, as a saint, but a saint.” – Richard Sibbes
Titus 3:3 “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. It is against sinful human nature to love this way.”
Sometimes when we go through tough times of temptation and troubles, we might loosen our grip on things that we should not loosen our grip on.
Sometimes love takes a back seat to suffering, and it shouldn’t.
John 13:35- “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
The word for love used in Heb 13:1 is philadelphia, coming from the root philia. This ancient Greek word speaks of a brotherly friendship and affection. It is the love of deep friendship and partnership. Secular Greek use it to describe love of those who were actually related by blood, but here in Hebrews it describes the kinship among those who are in children of God, members of the same family
Agape Love is a God kind of love. Phileo is a man kind of love. If, through my new birth, I am governed by Agape love, then I will have no problem expressing love of the brethren
As Kenneth Wuest explains, the fact that all believers have their “new birth” from “the same womb,” is a truth which forms “the basis of their Christian fondness and affection for each other, the source of their Christian fellowship.”
1 Peter 1:22 “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love (phileo) of the brethren, see that ye love (phileo) one another with a pure heart fervently.”
If brotherly love is going to continue, we have to do some examining. Here it comes…
In 2 Chronicles 28 we read in the first ten verses about a battle that resulted in a mass slaughter of soldiers, and then captivity of women, son, and daughters- a lot of children. But a prophet of God met this triumphant return, and this is what he said:
2 Chronicles 28:10 “And now ye purpose to keep under the children of Judah and Jerusalem for bondmen and bondwomen unto you: but are there not with you, even with you, sins against the LORD your God?”
“Are there not with you, even with you, sins against the LORD your God?” Wow!
Before we let brotherly love fly out the window for a brief moment of having our say and our way, we should remember our own imperfections, sins, and failures. Just as easily as we have been slighted and offended by someone, we, too, have slighted and offended someone. None of us has a pristine record.
Before we “slaughter” another believer because we feel that our cause is so right, let’s remember just how wrong we have been at times.
Before we get caught up in our mistreatment by someone, remember that we have mistreated.
In the words of Jesus: “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” John 8:7