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8 Keys to Godly Living-#7 Brotherly Kindness

8 Keys to a Godly Life-#7 Brotherly Kindness

John 15, 12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. Do we love Jesus? Do we really? How do we show it? John 14, 15 “If you love me, obey my commandments. That part right there catches a lot of us.

2 Peter 1:2-4

2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust (KJV).

2 May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. 3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires (NLT).

Peter’s prayer is written, “To you who share the same precious faith we have. This faith was given to you because of the justice and fairness of Jesus Christ, our GOD and Savior” (NLT). Verse 1.

This prayer is written to us. You and me. He prayed that grace and peace be multiplied to us in a world of confusion, pain, struggle, heartache, and the list can go on. He prayed for us to have unmerited favor; that GOD would smile upon us and treat us a little different from the rest of the world. He prayed that GOD would treat us special. Peter also prayed for us to have peace; that sense of calmness which comes from releasing burdens and somehow knowing that everything is going to be ok.


He goes on to say that GOD has given us everything we need to live a godly life. This means that everything we need to obey GOD is already inside of us. We need look no further. We know how to listen. We know how to obey. We know how to perceive right from wrong. We know this because we have come to know GOD, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. We have come to know the things they like and don’t like; what pleases them and does not please them, and what makes them smile or bring them grief.

Peter reminds us that GOD has also bestowed great and precious promises upon us, and it is these promises that allow us to be godlike, to share GOD’s nature, and by doing so we can escape the traps of sin and lust caused by our own desires. If we are honest, we do what we know we should not because we want to. It feels good to us. It is that nature, the sin nature, the flesh nature, that living a godly life saves us from. The sin nature will get us killed. Living a godly life brings us eternal life. Even if we die, we live again. Oh, and we also have more blessings than we know how to handle in this life as well. In John 10:10 Jesus tells us that He came that we may live the abundant life!

See, we are living a dual existence. One life we live is in this body of flesh, but the other life is lived through our spirit. Paul captured it best when he said in Romans 7:24, “Thank GOD! The answer is in Jesus Christ our LORD. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey GOD’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.”

Paul continues in Romans 8:1-2, “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to Him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”

The power of the Holy Spirit has freed us from the power of sin. We just have to choose to let the Spirit lead us daily. We have to choose the divine nature over our human desires. It is the promised Holy Spirit that guides us into all truth, and one truth is that we can access the divine in us anytime we choose.

We are given eight keys to living a godly life. Eight keys that will help us to access the divine nature all of the time. Eight keys that will keep our minds stayed on Jesus and off of our human desires which lead to death, destruction, pain, and suffering. So, Peter continues...

5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity (KJV).

5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone (NLT).

Key 7-BROTHERLY KINDNESS

Greek word-philadelphia

Strongest Exhaustive Concordance number-5360

Meaning-brotherly love, brotherly kindness

This word comes from two others according to the Strongest Exhaustive Concordance. One meaning friendly or friend, and another meaning brother, fellow countryman, neighbor, or by extension, a fellow believer in the family of faith.

Brotherly kindness is the act of being friendly to another human being and definitely to another believer.

Matthew 22, 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself (NLT). Sometimes this world causes us to put our guards up. Some of us walk around daring another person to do us wrong in any kind of way; we have been hurt, disappointed, taken advantage of, deceived, etc. We are in strike mode. Ready to retaliate at the slightest hint of an inconvenient intrusion into our lives. This can take the form of road rage as someone flies into our lane and ends up hitting the brakes resulting in us laying on the horn and shouting at them as if they can hear us, or even someone looking at us too long in the store making us feel uncomfortable or threatened to the point that we feel the need to say something aggressive as opposed to simply smiling.

How can we love our neighbors or fellow humans if we do not love ourselves? How can we show brotherly kindness if we were never shown it? These are questions that Jesus answered on the cross. Romans 5, 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners (NLT). This is the kind of love that we aspire to...if we call ourselves believers. Indeed, if we consider ourselves disciples, followers of the Way.

We were all shown the greatest love of all by Jesus and GOD. John 15, 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 3, 16 For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. So, the next time we want to say that we were never shown love, or that our life circumstances caused us to not be able to show kindness to someone else, remember the above two verses.

Acts 24, 14 “But I admit that I follow the Way, which they call a cult. I worship the God of our ancestors, and I firmly believe the Jewish law and everything written in the prophets (NLT). Paul is defending himself. He is on trial for preaching the gospel of Jesus. The good news of loving our neighbors as we love ourselves, the resurrection of the dead, especially of Jesus our Savior, and other things that had people back then divided the same way that they are now.

We are told to pray for our enemies and those who treat us badly, to give kindness in return for evil done to us, and to make peace when we have not started the disagreement. Following Jesus is indeed a different way of doing things, but didn’t He do things differently? Look at the Romans verse above. He died for us while we were still sinners, while we didn’t even know who He was. Jesus loved us so much that He chose to allow Himself to be crucified so that we would all have the choice, the freedom to leave sin alone and seek after the Kingdom of GOD and His righteousness.

John 15, 12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. Do we love Jesus? Do we really? How do we show it? John 14, 15 “If you love me, obey my commandments. That part right there catches a lot of us. We are willing to go to church, worship, give an offering or tithe, read the bible, attend bible study, work in a ministry, etc., but when it comes to doing what Jesus says in the hard areas of our lives, in the areas we struggle with, we make excuses. We begin to list the reasons why we cannot love that person, be kind to that person, or show the same love that Jesus showed us by dying on the cross for us when we didn’t know any better. Now we do know better. What will we choose to do?

How much longer will we continue to say that we love Jesus and not show it? How much longer will we praise the LORD on Sunday with tears in our eyes sometimes because we are thinking of how good GOD has been to us, but we will not show the same mercy we were shown to a fellow person made in the image of GOD?

Jesus said that if we love Him, we will obey His commands. Then He tells us one of His commands, love each other the same way He loved us. Sounds like a tall order doesn’t it? That’s because it is. Not one of us can do this on our own. Not one of us has the power to overcome our own stubbornness, hatred, hurt, pain, ego, unforgiveness, etc., but if Jesus told us to do this, then it means that we can.

One tool that we can choose to exercise with our own power is faith.

John 14, 12 I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!

We can ask Jesus for the power to forgive and to love as He loved, and He will do it. It just takes a willing heart. Are we willing to ask Jesus to help us to be more like Him? Are we willing to ask Jesus to do that thing in us that we cannot do ourselves? Remember, if we do not choose to forgive, then we will not be forgiven. Mark 11, 25 But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.

By telling us that GOD has given us everything we need for living a godly life in verse three, Peter is implying that we should be living a life characterized by godliness. We are to look and act like Jesus. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit does that for us. There is nothing in me that looks like Jesus, BUT the Holy Spirit. My job is to do what I can do. My job is to simply make a choice; that choice is to live out these eight keys. If the bible says to do it, then we are well able.

So, let us not be held back from showing brotherly kindness, family. It is a natural result of living for Christ instead of ourselves. Let us do what we have been told to do and pray in the name of Jesus for all that we need to bear fruit for GOD. If we feel we need help in any area of our lives, let us read our scriptures, pray, and ask GOD to give us what we need. The LORD will be sure to answer our call.

May we all use that seventh key and unlock the door to living a godly life through brotherly kindness.

WHY DO IT?


2 Peter 1:8-9 tells us, “The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.”

If we call ourselves believers or Christians, we should be believers or Christians. We should look and act like it; otherwise what is the point of choosing to live this lifestyle? According to Peter, if we use these eight keys, we will have more than just head knowledge about Jesus. We will actually produce fruit that lasts. We are also reminded that if we do not exercise these eight keys, and live a productive and useful Christian life, we are acting like people who have not been cleansed of our old way of life; meaning, there is no difference between who we were before we were saved and who we became after. If there is not a noticeable difference between who you used to be and who you are after meeting Jesus, there is a problem. Peter says that this type of person is blind. They cannot see that they have been saved. He also calls them forgetful. They do not remember that the precious blood of Christ washed away their sins and allowed them to have a relationship with a holy GOD.

So, why do it?

· To see and experience the power of GOD at work in our lives

· To do the will of GOD, see lives transformed from our obedience, and bear fruit that lasts

· To avoid being a Christian in name only, but actually living the life of a follower of Jesus

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8


8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)


8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)


It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:


“I confess all my sin, known and unknown, and ask You, GOD to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. I want Jesus to come into my heart to make me new in Him. I believe Jesus is Lord over my life and over everything that exists. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into who GOD wants you to be and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.






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