MONDAY, MARCH 11
“Let brotherly love continue.”
Hebrews 13:1 ESV
HOLD THE ROPE
A group of scientists and botanists were exploring remote regions of the Alps in search of new species of flowers. One day they noticed through binoculars a flower of such rarity and beauty that its value to science was incalculable. But it lay deep in a ravine with cliffs on both sides. To get the flower someone had to be lowered over the cliff on a rope.
A curious young boy was watching nearby, and the scientists told him they would pay him well if he would agree to be lowered over the cliff to retrieve the flower below. The boy took one long look down the steep, dizzy depths and said, “I’ll be back in a minute.” A short time later he returned, followed by a gray-haired man. Approaching the botanist, the boy said, “I’ll go over that cliff and get that flower for you if this man holds the rope. He’s my dad.” (M. R. De Haan)
Any good dad would do everything he could to protect and take care of his child. He’s especially not going to let go of the rope. And any good family member would do the same. The author of Hebrews is reminding Christians that other Christians are part of our family and we should continually show love toward each other. We should continually be the ones holding the rope for each other. The phrase “brotherly love,” in Hebrews 13:1 comes from the same word we get the name Philadelphia. That word literally means “brotherly love.”
Some people are obviously easier to love than others. And maybe that’s why Jesus said in John 13:35, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Jesus taught that Christians would have the ability to love in a way that non-Christians can’t even when it’s difficult.
It is sad to see so many church and denominational fights in our world. The Bible says in 1 John 4:20-21, “If anyone says, ‘I love God’ and yet hates his fellow Christian, he is a liar, because the one who does not love his fellow Christian whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And the commandment we have from Him is this: that the one who loves God should love his fellow Christian too.” Is there another church or Christian you are having a hard time loving? Ask God to give you a supernatural love for them that would demonstrate the difference Jesus is making in your life.