The Book Of Hebrews Chapter 13:1-7 (23 of 24) by Harley Howard

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Harley Howard

1 Let brotherly love continue.

Remain in the love which Christians cherish for each
other as brethren. This is a great command to the
believers who were under extreme persecution. The
believers were commanded to love each other for it
would be this love that would bind together the
genuine saints who were under tribulation. Go back to
chapter 6:10-11. It was a love that was to be
demonstrated and continued. Go to chapter 10:24-25. As
I said when we studied these verses, " The believer
ALWAYS has on his or her mind the needs of other
believers FIRST, before his or her own needs. This is
the fruit of God’s love. That concern is always seen
as that which is reciprocated among believers. Nowhere
in scripture is the attitude of independence from one
another or selfishness ever commanded of believers.
The fact is, these are called sin in the bible. Rather
than independence, there is an interdependence on each
other. Rather than selfishness, there is selflessness
that is to be demonstrated among believers. We have
already seen that believers are to be in harmony with
the same thoughts and the same mind. If thinking or
behavior that is ungodly or un-Christlike or
unproductive towards church growth is coming inside
the church, then these things must be corrected, not

The believing family is responsible for maintaining
the environment of love towards each other. This means
that it is commanded to ALL of us individually by God
and that we are individually responsible to do
whatever it takes to carry out this imperative. This
truth can be summarized by Paul’s word of
encouragement to the Thessalonian church. 1st
Thessalonians 4:9-10.

9 Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need
for [anyone] to write to you, for you yourselves are
taught by God to love one another;

10 for indeed you do practice it toward all the

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