Celebrating 14 Days of Love as we approach Valentine’s Day with Bible verses about love…

DAY 8:

“Continue to love each other with true Christian love.”  – Hebrews 13:1

The Greek language has five words for love, each relating to the different types of love we feel.  The Greek translation for this Bible verse uses the word “phileo” which we think of as brotherly love.  (It is the root word for Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love.)  This verse is giving instruction to early Christians about how to live in community with each other.  Quite simply, we’re to love each other with true brotherly love.

Continuing on, Hebrews says this:

Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! 

Don’t forget about those in prison.  Suffer with them as though you were there yourself. 

 Share the sorrow of those being mistreated, as though you feel their pain in your own bodies.

Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage.  God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.

Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with what you have.”

– Hebrews 13:2-6  (NLT)

The commentary notes in my Bible say this: Real love for others produces tangible actions: 1) hospitality, 2) empathy for those in prison and those who have been mistreated, 3)respect for your marriage vows, and 4) contentment with what you have.  Make sure your love runs deep enough to affect your hospitality, empathy, fidelity, and contentment.

(Commentary Notes taken from the Life Application Study Bible, NLT version.)

I’d like to add that when I think about people in prison, I also think about those who are ‘imprisoned’ in their lives, those who are oppressed by their situations – relationships, financial problems, physical/mental/emotional illnesses, etc.  There are people all around us imprisoned in these ways who would benefit from receiving true Christian (brotherly) love.  We can show that love through our hospitality – get together with them, take them a meal or a special treat; empathy – share a hug or a few kind words, send a note to tell them you’re sorry for what they’re going through or just to let them know you’re praying for them; and by leading in ways of contentment.

Brotherly love to strangers could be shown with kind gestures (like letting others go ahead of you) or a friendly word or smile.  The Drive Thru Difference is an excellent way to show hospitality to strangers.  After paying for your order at a drive-up window, ask for the total for the person behind you and pay for their order, too!  Jackson and I like to do this.  I keep printed notes in the car that tell the recipients we wanted to treat them to their order as part of the Drive Thru Difference encouraged by 91.9 radio (New Life 91.9 here in Charlotte) and that we hope it will be a blessing in their day.  We sign the notes, From Your Fast Food Friends.  It’s fun, easy and usually just costs a few dollars.

The Bible says we are blessed to be a blessing, so be sure to bless others with your love.  🙂