Let brotherly love still reign.
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;
In a word, live all of you in perfect agreement and sympathy, be full of fraternal love, compassion, and affability.
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."
All that believed were united together, and had all things in common,
Now the whole body of believers were but one heart, and one soul: no one look'd upon what he possessed, as his own, but every thing was held in common.
Let love be without dissimulation. abhor that which is evil, adhere to that which is good.
for in the christian-dispensation, neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision, but an active benevolent faith.
for, brethren, you have been called to liberty. only abuse not this freedom as a pretext to vice, but in offices of love be as servants one to another.
but the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, sweetness of disposition, beneficence, faithfulness, meekness, temperance:
endeavouring to preserve the spiritual union by your affectionate attachment to one another.
for Christ loved us, and for us gave himself an offering and a sacrifice acceptable to God.
If then there be any christian consolation, any charitable relief, any communion of the spirit, if any tenderness of compassion,
As to brotherly love, I have no occasion to write about it, God himself having instructed you to love one another.
We are oblig'd, my brethren, to render thanks to God continually upon your account, as it is but just; since your faith still improves, and your mutual love is always increasing.
for God is too just to his promise not to regard your piety, and the love which you have shewn to the christian religion by the assistance ye have given to the saints, and still continue to give.
and let us animate one another to the mutual returns of love, and kind offices: not abandoning our assemblies,
but above all, let your mutual benevolence be intense, for benevolence cancels a multitude of offences.
he that says, he is in the light, and yet hates his brother, is still in darkness.
In this the children of God are distinguished from the children of the devil: he that does not practise virtue, and fraternal benevolence, is not of God.
now this is his commandment, that we believe in his son Jesus Christ, and that we love one another, as he commanded us.
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth, is born of God, and knoweth God.
if a man says he loves God, and yet hates his brother, he is a lyar: for he that does not love his brother, who is before his eyes, how can he love God who is invisible?
and now, my lady, I beg our love may be mutual, since what I write, is no new prescription, but what was originally enjoin'd.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
- Ephesians 4:3
- Ephesians 5:2
- Philippians 2:1
- 1 Thessalonians 4:9
- 2 Thessalonians 1:3
- 1 Peter 1:22
- 1 Peter 2:17
- 1 Peter 3:8