Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous. 1 Peter 3:8

Recommended Reading – Romans 12:9-16

One of the most distinctive changes between the Old Testament and the New Testament was terminology. In the Old Testament, God and Israel’s relationship was theocratic: God was King and Israelites were His subjects as defined by divine covenants. But in the New Testament the relationship became familial: God is Father and Christians are His children (Romans 8:12-17). The phrase “children of God” occurs ten times in the New Testament, not at all in the Old Testament.

Families live “communally”—that is, they hold things in common. The Body of Christ, therefore, is a family community that shares in the grace and gifts of God equally. And the New Testament is filled with images of what that community of believers should look like. It should share in love, unity (community), forgiveness, tenderheartedness, compassion, courtesy, generosity, and more. Family members are to love one another as God the Father loves the family (Ephesians 4:32).

Consider ways that you can become closer to your brothers and sisters in the Christian community—both in your own family and the family of God.

The church is a community of the works and words of Jesus.
Donald English


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