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Loving your brother

April 12, 2011

Psalm 133:1, 3 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

In a world full of economic chaos, broken homes, wars, and political wrangling, our love for our brothers in Christ is such an important part of our testimony to the unsaved around us. Jesus said in John 13:35, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” So often, we believe that our lifestyle, music, clothing, and entertainment are all that matter when it comes to testimony. While these things are certainly important, and God’s Word has plenty to say about these topics, they really don’t amount to much without a self-sacrificing love for our own. Sadly, even our professed love for sinners is often negated by our ‘biting and devouring” of one another!

Here’s an idea: That brother who just gets under your skin? Pray for him every day and ask God to help you love him the way Jesus does. If we all do that, we can be sure of one thing. We will begin to enjoy more of that refreshing “dew of Hermon” so beautifully described in Psalm 133.

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