Here we have Scriptural commands from God on how to treat one another. How often do we consider the Bible when we think and act? Do we simply allow our emotions to control our thoughts? Do we choose to love and honor one another, or do we give in to our selfishness and pride? Do we contribute to the needs of others? Do we practice the ministry of hospitality? Do we really feel each other’s pain? Do we rejoice in the good fortune of our brothers and sisters, or are we jealous?
We must remember that we do not obey these commands to earn God’s favor; we obey these commands to honor the name of Christ, the one who sacrificed his place as King in heaven to be born poor, grow up doing hard labor, be rejected by his own people, and be murdered by the very people he loved. Jesus Christ died for his enemies; you and me. And now Paul gives us instructions on how to show others evidence of our trust in Christ.
We might ask, “How can I possibly live up to the demands of Scripture?” The answer is we can’t without relying on the Holy Spirit, spending time nourishing our spirits in Bible reading and prayer, and encouraging one another in fellowship.
With “brotherly affection,”