July! We celebrate the 4th every year. We make plans long in advance and we anticipate the fireworks and the fun of the day. We remember the birth of our nation on a hot day at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, City of Brotherly Love.
Brotherly Love is something commanded of us in the Bible. In I Peter, we are told, “22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for
“All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, 25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
And this word is the good news that was preached to you.”
We have been told to love one another earnestly from a pure heart. How many of us do this? How many of us judge others based on their appearance or how they speak? We, who have been born again, of an “imperishable seed” need to remember the Word through which we have been born! That Word tells us to love one another. It doesn’t say to love if others are like you, or to love those who love us. It simply says to love one another. This is Brotherly Love, and it is a beautiful thing, which can only come from our God.
I wish all of you a wonderful 4th of July. Love all you come in contact with on this day and all others.
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