What does the Bible say about Brotherly Love?

Romans 12:10

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Hebrews 13:1

Let brotherly love continue.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

1 John 4:20

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.

John 13:34-35

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

1 John 3:11

For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

1 John 3:18

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

Mark 12:31

The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Galatians 5:14

For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Matthew 5:43-44

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

As you may have been able to tell by now, I have a lot of favorite topics.  Love is one such topic.  There are many types of love.  According to the Ancient Greeks, there are 7 types of love which are as follows: Eros, Philia, Ludus, Pragma, Agape, Philautia, and Storge.  Today, we will be covering Philia which is brotherly love.  (I’ll cover all of these types of love in a later post, probably).

Philia is one of my favorite types of love.  It is sincere platonic love which has basis in trust, loyalty, mutual respect, and dependability.  The Bible clearly has a lot to say about the topic.  There are so many more passages than just these.

God seems to find it important to love your neighbor as yourself.  To love God and to love your neighbor are considered the greatest commandments given.  In Galatians, Paul even goes as far as to say that doing so is fulfilling the whole law.  Love is an old concept that we see as early as Genesis when God creates man.  Love continues throughout the Bible.  One great example of Philia which was mentioned in the post What does the Bible say about Friendship? is Jonathan and David.  The two friends displayed a selfless brotherly devotion for one another which is clearly displayed in 1 Samuel.

There are many descriptions of how love should be.  Genuine love involves patience, kindness, selflessness, rejoicing in the truth, and longevity (as it never ends).  It involves more than just words.  There is a problem which I have noticed where people say that they love someone but do not truly act it out.  Love should be done “in deed and in truth” as stated in 1 John.  While it is great to say, “I love you to someone,” your actions should speak louder than your words.

There is also an evidently clear message about hating a brother but still saying that they love God.  A Christian that does such is called a liar. Pretty strong words to hear, but it gets the point across of the importance of loving your brothers and sisters in Christ.  Those people who don’t like you and may ever persecute you, yeah, you are called to love them as well.  It isn’t easy, and there will be days where you aren’t going to feel like loving others.  But, loving people is one of the most important things that God tells us to do.  Love should paint how we interact with others on an everyday basis.

The word of the day is platónico which means platonic.  How have you exhibited Philia in your everyday life?  Who are some of the people you love?  How do you love them?  Does your love look like how the Bible outlines?  In what ways can you improve?  Do you love those who may not love you?  Share your thoughts in the comments and share this post with someone else.


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