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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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03/30/2010

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I'd Rather Be In Philadelphia


"For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness." (2 Peter 1: 5-7).

How good is your "sense of direction?" Jane tells me that in KS, among the first things she learned in school were the geographical directions. Here in NJ, either I wasn't listening, (could have been) or that just wasn't a learning priority. So for us, when giving directions, its, "go to the corner and turn right." In KS, its, "go to the corner and turn east." The "graces" that the apostle Peter writes about here are "directional." The first five (faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance) turn inward. The next one (godliness) turns upward as we try to please God by being more like Him. The next virtue on the list is brotherly kindness. We now are turning in an outward direction. Brothery love is a trait that dictates how we will act toward other people.

The city of Philadelphia is just an hour from my home. It is called the "City of Brotherly Love." If you attended a sporting event there, you might call its designation into question, but the title emanates from its name, not its inhabitants. It is a compound Greek word...phileo (love) and adelphos (brother).... It quite literally means the love of brothers. Peter tells us that to our godliness we are to add this brotherly love. The family of Christians is to be marked as those who love one another. Paul wrote; "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves" (Rom. 12:10). Brotherly love is the way that Christians are to cherish each other. "Keep on loving each other as brothers" (Heb. 13:1). "So about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another" (1 Thess. 4:9). Peter goes as far as to say that we have been purified for the very purpose of having a sincere love for our brothers....deeply....from the heart...(1 Peter 1:22).

It is our godliness, with the addition of brotherly love, that makes the Lord's Body (church) a true family. And remember....We are to grow in this virtue... More tomorrow...

Have a great day...Go about doing good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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