Dear Brothers

Posted: May 1, 2014 in Pastor's Corner
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“Dear brothers and sisters in Christ…” These words are worth our time and effort to reflect upon. In any of our lives these words, “dear brothers…” may seem like religious trifles or hollow words spoken by the religious, and many times they are hollow, empty, meaningless… I personally lament pretentious words such as these when spoken merely as the conventional form that cultural religion demands.

However, these words have meaning. What gives them genuine meaning? Well, the one who writes them or speaks them. Is there sincerity in the heart of the communicator? Is there genuine affection and love as the communicator expresses such words? The perfunctory, “dearly beloved” expresses how valuable, precious, and beloved the audience is, but if they are words spoken without a genuine heart for the people then they fall flat. Pastoral words to dear brothers and sisters communicated without emotion, genuine affection, or an authentic care and concern makes these words empty.

Yet when reading the word of God one must pause and reflect upon words written that communicate genuine affection towards the saints. Take the time this week, as you read your copy of the Scriptures to reflect upon the apostolic heart of the authors, as they express their pastoral desire for those to whom they’ve written; so that we might grasp the love of God for His saints expressed through His servants.

“Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.” Ephesians 6:23, 24

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