“Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear GOD. Honor the King?” 1 Peter 2:17 NKJV
I love this short but powerful verse as it speaks to the mercy, we should give our brothers in Christ. They should be loved through all their challenges and imperfections. One of the translations I read said, Within the Christian society in which all were brothers, as being children of the same Father, there might well be a warmer feeling of affection than that which was felt for those who were outside it. I love it!
I would not expect anyone to turn their back on a brother because they are not Christian, but I believe this verse speaks to the understanding of the place in which Christian brothers should place each other. If we were to consider how difficult it can be at times for new believers as they transition to a life lived as Christ would want, or what about the mature Christian who battles his temptations daily, both should have a safe space amongst other brothers in Christ. This is especially the case if this is the only space, they can feel such a welcoming connection.
The other day I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, and I saw the most beautiful tribute between one of my childhood friends to another. He was simply celebrating the man he has become. He shared how proud he was of him, and that he would always be there. We all grew up together and of course we acted as young people would; however, to see grown men, with their families, celebrating the accomplishments of each other is a beautiful thing to see.
To witness this unselfishness is so becoming of who Christ wants them to be. LORD knows our brothers have enough they are up against daily, so to have a circle of brotherly love is greatly needed. As the WORD reminds us in Thessalonians 5:11, “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”
To my brother in Christ who may be reading this, please know you have a brotherhood of others who love you simply because you love the LORD. They are all over the world praying for you and rooting for you to win. They are your brothers, and the love they feel for you is real. You also have an army of sisters in Christ like me, who wants nothing more than to see you succeed as a man, as a father, as a husband, as a provider, and as a man of GOD.
Stay encouraged Man of GOD! Stay encouraged. I love you in Christ!
May God bless you,
In his service,
Reverend Marshall is a Sexual Trauma Restorative Counselor. She helps survivors of sexual assault reclaim their lives by providing a pathway to emotional healing and restoration through spiritual counseling.