Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another (Romans 12:10 NKJV)
When I read these words, they don’t sound like they should be taken lightly. They never give me the impression that when we see our brothers and sisters in Christ, that we should see them as just any regular passerby on the road.
These words “kindly affectionate” give me the impression that we’re supposed to be in love with each other with the love of Christ.
A love that is pure and a love that covers a multitude of sins.
I use the words “in love” because when you’re “in love” truly, you naturally give preference to the one you’re in love with and it’s hard to see anything wrong with them. I say “in love ” in a pure way, of course. The way that Jesus is in love with us.
Essentially, we ought to love our brothers and sisters the way that Jesus loves them. And I can think of no better way that you can do that, than to pray for one another.
I believe that when you pray for someone, it shows that you want what’s best for their life.
If you want God for their lives and you want to see them overcome, that’s the best thing they can ever have and that’s the greatest thing. I think that it’s the best way to be kindly affectionate to your brothers and sisters.
When someone tells me they’re praying for me, I feel loved and I feel secure because I know that the only way someone can truly love me is if they want God for my life. It’s a great way to show affection and show concern.
Also, I know that God hears and honors the prayers of the church for each other. God wants His church to be a place where each person is kindly affectionate to each other and a place where true love abounds. A place where we hold each other in high regard and honor each other. One of the best ways to do this is by praying for each other.
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