Adding Brotherly Kindness

Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence,
in your faith supply moral excellence,
and in your moral excellence, knowledge,
 and in your knowledge, self-control,
and in your self-control, perseverance,
and in your perseverance, godliness,
and in your godliness, brotherly kindness,
and in your brotherly kindness, love.
For if these qualities are yours and are increasing,
they render you neither useless nor unfruitful
in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted,
having forgotten his purification from his former sins.
Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent
to make certain about His calling and choosing you;
for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;
for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
will be abundantly supplied to you.
2 Peter 1:5-11

Brotherly kindness can be defined as sharing what we have in common or as being helpful to other believers.  Demonstrating brotherly kindness requires that we not be selfish, which is being only interested in ourselves.   To show this kind of kindness means that we will be where we can help people.  It is easy to step back and let others deal with the problems and meet the needs. It takes someone with brotherly kindness to reach out and help.  Within our families this is a quality that is much needed.  It is easy to assume that family members know that we care about them.  We don’t have to show it.  We think that they will understand why we don’t have time for them.  We don’t think it is important to deal with family members with kindness, after all they are just family.

It is important, mainly because they are family.  Friends will come and go, but family is yours always.  Being kind to family members will help our family bonds to strengthen.  Being kind will improve friendships.  Someone needs to show kindness, so it might as well be you.  With God’s help it is possible.

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other,
just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Ephesians 4:32

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