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Discovery Magazine 1/1/2000

Wisdom's Corner: Brotherly Love

by  Mark McWhorter

Most children have brothers or sisters. Brothers and sisters are great to have. If they are bigger than you, they can protect you from danger, they can help you with school work, or they can be fun to play with. If you have younger brothers and sisters, you can help protect them, teach them, and play with them. Brothers and sisters truly are a blessing from God.

At times brothers and sisters can get on our nerves. They might get in the way of what we are trying to do. They might accidentally mess up something we are working on. We might want to do something they are doing. We might be jealous of what they get to do.

We are not supposed to think bad things about our brothers and sisters. We are not supposed to treat our brothers and sisters in a bad way. Instead, we should love each other and always treat each other right.

God says that the people in His Church are supposed to treat one another just like a family. Romans 12:10 says, “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honoe giving preference to one another.”

How is the world supposed to think good things about the Church if the members are always arguing and treating each other badly? If you are always treating your own brother or sister badly, or if you cannot get along with them, how are others supposed to think you will treat them? They will think you will treat them as badly as you treat your own brother or sister.

In 1 Corinthians 13:4-6 we find a good description of what love should be. Someone who loves is patient, does not envy, does not seek glory at the expense of others, does not think the worst of others, and rejoices in truth. This is only some of what love is about. You need to start loving your own brothers and sisters like this. Make it a habit of your life. Then when you deal with others members of the church, you will know what true brotherly kindness and love is all about. You will treat others just like you treated your brothers and sisters.

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