Hebrews/Corinthians Scripture Study: Show Some Love
A Look Inside
Love. How deeply does God show his love for his flock? How do you express your love for brothers, sisters, parents? What is a good description for the love between spouses? Today's scripture is about man's love for mankind. We will start out with brotherly love and progress into caring for all of humanity. The scriptures today in I Corinthians provide a wonderful description of how we should approach life.
Break It Down
Brotherly Love: Hebrews 13:1-3 1 Let brotherly love continue. 2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
Have you ever been to Philadelphia? Have you ever wondered why it is called the "city of brotherly love?" There are three types of love - agape, phileo, and eros are three Greek words used for love. Eros type of love is seen in both the Old and New Testaments. Agape describes God's love for his people and you will find this type of love in many parts of the Bible. Today's scripture, though is about phileo - brotherly, or familial, love.
In verse 1 we see a command to let brotherly love continue. Do you believe that you can have "brotherly love" only within your immediate family? Your Christian family? If we use Jesus as a model we will see that brotherly love is to be shown to all who we encounter during a day spent here in our earthly homes. If you see someone who is hungry, feed him. If you see someone who needs clothing, give him your coat. Do you believe that this means that everyone who approaches you and says "hey man, can I get a dollar for some food" should receive from you? That is a personal decision.
Let's take a look at one common approach adopted to show brotherly love. I know of one person who will offer to take someone to the nearest fast food restaurant and will buy that person a meal. He generally spends less than $10 and will sit down and talk to that person while they eat. Many times he, himself, will not eat but he will sit down with the person in need and ask for their story. He has come across veterans, regular families that have fallen on hard times, and people with drug addictions. His approach, though, is to provide for a true need. If they refuse that offer, he has shown brotherly love in making it.
Verse 2 sounds like the approach taken in the previous paragraph. The person performing that service is retired military and involved in the educational system. He is involved in shaping young minds. Those that he helps to shape are strangers when they come into his classroom at the beginning of the year and he will take those strangers and provide for their needs just as he does for the strangers out on the street. Of course, he gets great satisfaction from both areas of opportunity to show brotherly love to mankind.