What is love? Most people would say that love is a feeling, an emotion that we act upon. However, love is much, much more than that. Not only is love a commitment to someone, especially applying when we do not feel that they are deserving of it; but rather, love has several different aspects.
Over the past few weeks, I have found myself pondering one such aspect of love: Brotherly/sisterly love in Christ. I caught myself flipping through Romans during chapel this week, looking at the headings in my Bible. One header in chapter twelve caught my eye: “Marks of the True Christian.” I quickly began reading and came across a verse that really stuck with me. I absolutely love how Romans 12:9-10 (ESV) puts brotherly love into perspective:
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
Love one another with brotherly affection.
Outdo one another in showing honor.
This verse is telling us to love fellow Believers with a family sort of love, not to love them out of self-centeredness. We are also to show our brothers and sisters genuine appreciation by putting them first.
If you struggle with showing your fellow brothers and sisters love, I encourage you to think of some way you can serve someone today, to put them first. I also encourage you to dig into Scripture–especially the book of 1 John–and live it out. Only by diving into the Word of God can we begin to grasp what love truly is, and what all aspects it entails.