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Love For The Brothers Evidence of Discipleship

Sunday morning I found another verse that deals with our love for our Christian brothers and sisters.

John 13:34-35 (ESV)
34  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
35  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Not only does love for our brothers reflect the love we have for the Lord, but love for the brethren affects our witness.

Are we trying to share the gospel with the lost and yet our lives don’t evidence love for those in the church?

So in summary our love for the brethren in the church reveals much:

  • They will not lose their reward (Mark 9:41)
  • Evidence of Discipleship, our witness to all people (John 13:35)


Love For the Brothers – Evidence of Salvation

Not only is love for the brothers and sisters in Christ evidence of our love for God but Love for the brethren in the church is also evidence of Salvation.  If we do not love our brothers and sisters in Christ and enjoy spending time with them then we are not in the light.

1 John 2:9-11 (ESV)

9 Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.
10 Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling.
11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

This is even more direct, those who love the brothers and sisters have passed from death unto life.

1 John 3:14-17 (ESV)

14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death.
15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?

Now that is some serious things to think about.

If you are not part of a local church body, why not?

No church is perfect, if it was you or I couldn’t join. 🙂

However, while finding a good church is very difficult at times and in some areas, it is not impossible.  (see the sidebar on the website for church locating links)  It is easy to claim you love the brothers but you don’t feel the need to worship with the brothers corporately, yet try that excuse in other relationships. You love your spouse but don’t feel the need to live as a family.  You love your parents but don’t feel the need to visit with them.   Real love means we desire to visit and be with each other as much as possible.  There is no excuse for not worshiping together with believers.  If we, as a society, drive an hour or two for a sports activity surely we can do the same, if needed, for worshiping with fellow believers.


Whoever Loves God Must Also Love His Brother

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?