Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Brotherly love is an essential part of the Christian life. The apostle Peter wrote: “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently. (1 Peter 1:22)
In this passage Peter tells us three things about brotherly love. First, it is the natural outgrowth of obedience to the truth. He said that we have obeyed the truth “unto unfeigned love of the brethren.” Second, he tell us that our love for one another must be real – not mere pretense. He calls it “unfeigned love,” that is, not hypocritical. The Greek word from which “unfeigned” is translated literally means “not an actor.” Our love for one another must never be mere playacting. Third, Peter tells us that our love must be with feeling. He said, “Love one another with a pure heart fervently.” There is no room in the Christian religion for a listless love. Our love for one another must be intense, fervent, forceful. It comes from the heart.