in brotherly kindness be passionately affected to one another; in honour prefer one another:
Do nothing out of a spirit of contention, or for vain-glory, but modestly look upon others as if they were better than yourselves.
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."
As to brotherly love, I have no occasion to write about it, God himself having instructed you to love one another.
but it must not be so among you: on the contrary, whoever would rise among you, let him be your minister.
but when you are invited, go place your self last; that he, who invited you, when he comes, may say to you, friend, go up higher: and that will do you honour before all the company at table.
that they all may be one, as thou, father, art in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
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.
attending upon the publick administration. render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due, custom to whom custom, reverence to whom reverence, honour to whom honour.
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:
I therefore the prisoner for the Lord, beseech you to live suitably to the offers that have been made to you:
having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the affection you have to all christians;
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.
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.
As for you that are young, be you submissive to those of a more advanc'd age: and do you all of you pay a becoming deference to one another: be cloak'd with humility, for " God opposes the proud, and shows favour to the humble."
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.
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?