Add Brotherly Kindness

Add Brotherly KindnessText: 2 Peter 1:5-11

Faith must be the foundation of all that we do. Yet there are various qualities we are to add to our faith. In this lesson, the trait we will focus on is brotherly kindness.

Define Brotherly Kindness

  • Greek word philadelphia – this is why Philadelphia is known as the city of brotherly love
  • This is fraternal affection (Strong’s) – in the NT, this is about love for fellow Christians
  • This is not just love toward others in general – directed toward our brothers and sisters in Christ

What Brotherly Kindness Looks Like WITHOUT Faith

  • Many unbelievers do good to others – yet without faith this brotherly kindness will be incomplete
  • Jesus condemned those who only invited their friends to their feasts (Luke 14:12-14) – it’s good to show kindness to others, yet they did this to the neglect of helping those in need; they defined “brother” as they wanted to, not as the Lord would
  • Often used to narrow one’s responsibility and ignore others – ex: parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37)

What Brotherly Kindness Looks Like WITH Faith

  • Add to your faith – faith is the foundation; the source of faith is the word of God (Romans 10:17); brotherly kindness must be based on this standard
  • We are devoted to one another (Romans 12:10) – reminder that we are a spiritual family (1 Peter 1:22-23; 1 John 3:1; Hebrews 2:11)
  • We are to serve one another (Galatians 5:13-14) – help spiritually (Galatians 6:1-2) and physically (Galatians 6:10; 1 John 3:17)
  • We show brotherly love with sincerity and with a pure heart (1 Peter 1:22) – no ulterior motives
  • Not in word only, but also in deed and truth (1 John 3:18)
  • This helps us to avoid sin (1 John 2:10) – by showing love we fulfill the law (Galatians 5:14; Romans 13:10)

How to Add Brotherly Kindness to Our Faith

  • The word of God is the source of faith (Romans 10:17) – we must go to the word
  • Recognize who our brethren are (Galatians 3:26-27) – we are to be especially mindful of them (Galatians 6:10)
  • Remember the love that the Lord has shown to us (1 John 3:16) – God is love and we are to show love to others (1 John 4:7-11)
  • We need to be continually reminded about this (1 Thessalonians 4:9-10) – we may know what to do and are doing it, but we can “excel still more


  • We must have faith if we want to please God and be saved – but faith alone is not enough (James 2:24); a stagnant faith is not pleasing to God (2 Peter 1:8; Colossians 1:10)
  • We must grow in our faith – recognize the common bond we have as Christians; show love to our brethren as the Lord has shown love to us

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