Why should I love my brother?

Before divulging the one-word answer I have, here are some lengthier reasons for loving my neighbor (and my brother) as I ought:

  • I have been born of God.
  • I know God.
  • God loves me.
  • God dwells in me.
  • God’s love is perfected in me.
  • I dwell in God.
  • As God is, so am I in this world.
  • God loved me first.
  • I love God.
  • God commands it.

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...of His generous good pleasure toward us!
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Ephesians 1:1-6

According to the good pleasure of His will,

  • He has blessed us generously in Christ.
  • He has chosen us in Christ.
  • He has adopted us by Christ.
  • He has graced us in Christ.

So that we should live before Him in holiness, in blamelessness, and in love — manifesting the praiseworthy glory of His grace. Continue reading