“By this men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
(John 13: 35 NIV).
READ: 1 John 1:3-4; John 13:35
The brethren we are referring to here are the people of God. We are referring to the spiritual family- all true children of God. We need to be able to see that we belong to a new family- the family of God. It is very important that we have this matter of our identity settled. This is because who you are determines what you do and what you do confirms who you are. Since we (who have been born by God) have one Father, we are all brethren. Jesus is our elder brother. The one who shows us what true brotherhood means and what brotherly love is all about example. We, the disciples of the Lord, are actually the Lord’s brethren. This is a very heavy matter as far as the truth of our identity is concerned. Jesus is not ashamed to call us His brothers and sisters because we have the same Father. I really pray that you would gain a strong sense of belonging by reason of being a member of the best and the greatest family in the universe-the family of God.
Finally, we must bear in mind that the Holy Spirit has baptized us all into one body of CHRIST and we all share the same Holy Spirit who lives within us. This is the basis of our daily fellowship with the brethren. Fellowship with true believers is automatic. This fellowship is a spirit to spirit sharing of simple facts and sweet feelings of the Father. (1 Cor. 12:12-13). If we are careful to maintain daily fellowship with the Father and the brethren, we will continue in eternity (heaven) that which we started here on earth.
Father, help me to humble my heart to walk in daily fellowship with You as well as with my brethren in Jesus name. Amen.