to piety, fraternal affection: and to fraternal affection, universal benevolence.
in brotherly kindness be passionately affected to one another; in honour prefer one another:
a new commandment I give unto you, "that ye love one another; that you would have the same love for one another as I have had for you."
For tho' I should speak with the eloquence of men, and of angels, and not have social affection, I should be like sounding brass, or a noisy cymbal.
may the Lord make you increase and abound in mutual love, in love towards all men, as we do towards you:
Don't allow any one to return evil for evil, but strive to do all the good you can to one another, and to all the world.
You that have purified your souls by the holy spirit, in obeying the gospel, which obliges you to an undisguised benevolence, let your hearts be mutually affected with the most disinterested ardour;
therefore as we have opportunity, let us do good offices to all men, especially to the family of believers.
to all this add love, which is the band of perfect union:
As to brotherly love, I have no occasion to write about it, God himself having instructed you to love one another.
In a word, live all of you in perfect agreement and sympathy, be full of fraternal love, compassion, and affability.
as for us, we know, that we have passed from a state of death to that of life, because we love our brethren: he that does not love his brother, is in a destructive state.
this is the proof of the divine love, Christ expos'd his life for us: and we ought to expose our lives for the brethren.
besides, 'tis a commandment we have receiv'd from him, that he who would love God, must love his brother also.