Keep loving others

At the beginning of the last chapter of Hebrews, the writer says, “Let the love of the brethren continue.”  In other words, keep loving your brothers in Christ.

But the command is not generic.  The author provides numerous illustrations of what this love should look like; he offers many ways in which we can fulfill this command:

  • Show hospitality to strangers (v. 2)
  • Care for those who have been mistreated because of their faith (v. 3)
  • Honor every marriage (v. 4)
  • Do not love money; be content; do not fear any man; trust God (vv. 5-6)
  • Remember and provide and care for your leaders (v. 7)
  • Avoid false teaching and continue in godly worship (vv. 9-14)
  • Do good and share with others (v. 16)
  • Obey your leaders (v. 17)
  • Pray for others (v. 18)

It is common to suppose that love is merely an emotive feeling.  Certainly their is an emotional component to love; but it is far more than that.  Love is active.  It serves.  And it serves in specific ways, as this chapter demonstrates.

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