While pondering Matthew 10:42 and “Because He is a Disciple“, I was wondering why does the Lord specifically say in many, many verses that our behavior towards disciples or the brethren should be in a certain way. Honestly, while listing out verses from just the New Testament there seems to be more verses that deal with our behavior with the brethren or our brothers and sisters in the church than with any other type of individual, even our spouses or our children. Isn’t that surprising and interesting?
But why? Is that truly the harder relationship for believers? Dealing with others in the church?
I won’t go through the explanation as to why when the words brother, sister or brethren is used it is referring to fellow believers. I trust most understand that. (My grandfather always called me “sister” which was quite confusing as a child because I wasn’t his sister.)
This is my best understanding of why so many verses about how we treat fellow believers:
1 John 4:20-21 (ESV)
20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
That is about as plain as it can get!
If we do not love our brothers in Christ then we do not love God!
How well do you love God?