The love shared between brothers and sisters in Christ is a blessing that comes with being added to the Lord’s church. Brotherly love is the care, concern, and genuine emotional affection that we have for one another. In Hebrews 13:1, in preparing Christians for the difficulties and extreme persecution that lie ahead, we read six simple and encouraging words, “Let love of the brethren continue.”
Notice that love was already present in the church. These Christians are not commanded to acquire love but to continue in it. In a sense, they are first being praised for the loving relationships that they already share.
Love is necessary as it needs to continue. Regardless of the difficulties we face in this physical life, the love of the church needs to be a constant source of encouragement and spiritual strength.
Our love also needs to expand or grow. The passage continues, “…show hospitality to strangers. Remember the prisoners…and those who are ill-treated” (Hebrews 13:1-2). Not only should we care for those whom we are closest with among the congregation, but we also need to demonstrate concern and love for both visitors and those who are enduring trials.
Brotherly love is powerful, necessary, and valuable among members of the body of Christ. We should consider how we can continue and grow in this wonderful blessing.