I am going to be talking to you today on something that I think is very important that we as a church and a body of believers seem to neglect. That is brotherly love, that is community with other believers. We as a church not only need to grow in our personal relationship with God, but we need to grow in our relationships with each other. We need to be there for one another through the good times and the bad. We need to be a shoulder to cry on and a person to laugh with, We need to be there to give spiritual encouragement and to lend a helping hand in natural things. Let’s take a look at a few verses. You in your congregation, in your local church should see it as your call to be there for one another and to respect and love those God put in leadership.
1 Thess. 5:12-22 “12 Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. 13 Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other.14 Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.15 See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.19 Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. 20 Do not scoff at prophecies, 21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. 22 Stay away from every kind of evil.
It first says that we should honor the leaders, and show respect and wholehearted love for them. If they are leading you somewhere with a vision God placed in them, then follow wholeheartedly. God will bless that because it is his will. And we can accomplish so much more together than if we are by ourselves.
Then it goes on to tell us how we should be towards one another. Warn those who are lazy, Encourage those who are timid, Take tender care of those who are weak…If we really just take those three things and focus on them, there is so much work to be done in the church. Look at it as your duty, your call as a Christian and a brother or a sister to be that for one another. Be the difference in someone’s life. Simply, rather than just going to church every Sunday and leaving right at the end, start walking life as a true disciple of Jesus and learn to really show and express that brotherly love he is calling us to. Everybody needs somebody, No matter how well we seem put together on the outside, we all have been broken before and we all could use that someone to help us in any time of need, no matter what the case.
Be patient with one another. Don’t Repay evil for evil, but always try to do good to one another and to all people. We all need more patience for people and we all need patience from people when we are going through a tough time. That is why it is important to be patient, it can be such an amazing trait. Obviously, we need to steer clear of repaying evil for evil, even in our hearts. We need to come to a place and always be striving for that place where when someone does us wrong that we won’t even mutter under our breath retaliation haha. But for real, we need to get our hearts to a place, where we don’t get all wound up over someone wronging us and give it to God. It will be a daily thing, I know it is for me, but God help me and us, we can get there. Honestly, in the church, look for something to do. There are so many needs a church has and we are the body so we are to be being involved. We should always look to do good in any situation or need. Don’t burden yourself with so much, but learn to walk this way and let the Holy Spirit help you to live this kind of walking in brotherly love.
“Always be joyful”. That is a tough one but strive for it.”Never stop praying”. Every day daily keep God involved in your decisions, keep his voice and his will in mind in everything. “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus”. No matter what you are going through always be thankful, because without God and his love we are nothing and destined for destruction, through the good and bad, give God thanks for he deserves it. “Do not stifle the Holy Spirit”. Let the Holy Spirit teach you and guide you and help you to live this life full of brotherly love. “Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil.” Learn to decipher what is good to God and what is bad to God, and follow after what is good!
I see a whole lot of holes in our Christian body as a whole and our body as a local church. We are called to be there for each other in all these ways. If you are waiting around for God to call you to some position in the church, don’t, because that door isn’t open yet, but PLEASE be faithful to to his call on us as brothers and sisters of the Lord. God has a position for you and that is to be somebody to somebody in any way possible that is good in God’s eyes. We need to realize, that not only does God need people in the mission field, but he wants us to strive for unity with one another. So I challenge you today, keep your eyes open to really truly show brotherly and sisterly love. Dig a little deeper than the status quo surface relationship, because you could be the answer to someones need or prayer. Keep your eyes open to fill a need in the church and look at it as doing work unto the Lord, because that is what it really is. God sees it and is pleased! Keep your eyes opened and your heart focused on that call to be there for somebody!