“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love” Romans 12:10
When I think of the word “devoted” other words come to mind such as committed and supportive. I believe that is the sentiment communicated by the Apostle Paul in this passage to the Christians in Rome. He does not want the believers to have devotion or reverence for one another. Rather, he desires that they act out their identity. They had become a family. And–ideally–family sticks together. Family watches out for each other. Here’s what Matthew Henry comments on this verse:
“…it [the Greek word rendered ‘be devoted to one another in brotherly love’] signifies not only love, but a readiness and inclination to love, the most genuine and free affection, kindness flowing out as from a spring. It properly denotes the love of parents to their children, which, as it is the most tender, so it is the most natural, of any, unforced, unconstrained; such must our love be to one another, and such it will be where there is a new nature and the law of love is written in the heart. This kind affection puts us on to express ourselves both in word and action with the greatest courtesy and obligingness that may be. – One to another. This may recommend the grace of love to us, that, as it is made our duty to love others, so it is as much their duty to love us. And what can be sweeter on this side heaven than to love and be beloved? He that thus watereth shall be watered also himself.”
Paul’s point is clear. Blessing others in the body of Christ is not an option; it’s our responsibility. We are called to make a difference in the lives of others. Our deeds and our words directed toward our brothers and sisters in Christ should be for their edification. We should be on a mission to build up, not tear down. As Henry stated, we should have a spring of kindness flowing out of ourselves.
And what will the end result look like? The body of Christ will be refreshed and so will we.
What is flowing out of us today?