August 3, 2019 by directorfsm
“And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” (KJV)
Here Peter ends the list of must have tools every Christian needs for their personal tools box. These are not tools we can lend out (although we share the product of their use with others) these are for the individual believer alone.
godliness: I do not know about you but I find it hard to think of myself as godly in and sense. Yet Peter is clearly telling us we mus have a godly the Greek Eusebeia which means reverence and respect towards God. In other words, our godliness is exemplified by our taking the high ground our moral excellence. As noted in the previous post “This is the moral or Spiritual goodness that reflects the nature of our Triune God Himself.“
brotherly love: We all know that Jesus spoke of love when he summarized the Ten Commandments into what has come to be known as the Greatest Commandments. This while Christ was speaking of all around us (neighbors) Peter reminds us that Christian love must begin with fellow Christians. The Greek word here is Philadelphia meaning brotherly and sisterly love. The idea here is we should always be inspired to do that which is good and right in the eyes of God to our brothers and sisters in Christ first.
charity or love: The last item in the tool box, fly’s in the face of today’s social gospel movement. The Greek word here is Agape meaning; brotherly love, affection, good will, love, and benevolence. I hope you notice that this is the outward neighborly love Jesus spoke of. Should the church love our neighbors, of course, should the church take care of its own first, absolutely yes. Somehow the modern church seems to have forgotten that as a biblical mandate established in Acts. We always approach doing good, showing brotherly love, affection, good will, love, and benevolence with one frame of mind that of Christ. There is no what is in it for me, we must have the same self sacrificing love that Jesus exemplified.