One of the easiest sins to commit is to view egregious sinners, who need Christ and are drawing near to hear him, with disdain, rather than with spiritual discernment and grace.
When love for others and devotion to God’s will begin to determine our behavior, we may be sure that we are children of God and siblings of the Lord Jesus.
Joy is received as a stewardship, not only – or even mainly – for my benefit, but to bless God’s people.
Our own obedience is tested by suffering, as we retrace the steps of our Savior (1 Peter 2:21), with faith’s certainty that God will hear our cries and record our tears (Psm 56:8).
Does ‘agape’ love demand something higher and nobler from us than ‘philadelphia’ (brotherly love) in our relationships with other believers?