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  • Joe Norton

Brotherly Kindness (4/14/2019)

A word study in 2 Peter 1:5-11

““But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue

knowledge… knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance

godliness… godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love” (2 Peter


“Brotherly kindness” means “the love that Christians cherish for each other as

brethren.” Thus, we have a brother and sister relationship with one another in God’s

spiritual family.

“Kindness” is defined as “the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.” It

is the opposite of being harsh or rash and the opposite of demonstrating anger and

bitterness toward another.

God is our Heavenly Father, and we are His children in Jesus Christ; consequently,

we are to have the same kind of love and concern for one another that a physical

family does. And, as Peter explains, it is to be an “unfeigned” feeling, one that is real

and not phony.


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