Godliness cannot just stop at talk. It has to be expressed.
Only one other place this word is used besides here: Romans 12:10.
The Greek word used by Peter is the one from which we get the name for Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love.
We can only befriend anyone after we have resources to do so. Those don’t come by a zap, but through practice.
Many want to start here because it seems more fun than godliness. Many want to stop here because it doesn’t make the requirements of us that love does.
How do brothers love?
Sometimes rough and tumble.
On a family feeling level.
You can always count on a brother when you can’t always on a friend, acquaintance or co-worker.
You never quit being a brother as long as you are alive. People can disinherit you, but they cannot wipe out the blood connection.
This is a blood line. (Does that strike a chord?)
We start with a friendly love, but it can’t be just you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. It has to expand.
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