The New Testament depicts the church as a body where believers of many backgrounds are united in true brotherhood. The disarray in many churches should not cause us to abandon hope that this is still possible in our day. It is yet God’s plan for His children. Are we humble enough to trust the Holy Spirit and other believers to join in true Christian brotherhood?
Words of Jesus:
Matthew 18:3 Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 7:21: Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Luke 6:31 31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Luke 17:3-4 If thy brother trespass against thee . . . seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
Words of the apostle John:
1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
1 John 2:10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
Words of the apostle Peter:
1 Peter 2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
1 Peter 3:8-9 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
1 Peter 4:8-9 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
1 Peter 5:5 Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
Words of James, the brother of our Lord:
James 2:1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
James 4:11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren.
James 5:9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned:
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.
James 3:17-18 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
Words of the apostle Paul:
Romans 12:9,10 & 13 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; . . . Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Romans 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
Romans 15:5-6 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 8:13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend (stumble), I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend (stumble).
Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Col 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.