Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
"In brotherly love have tender affection for one another" (Romans 12:10)
Having affection for our brothers impels us to serve whole-heartedly as stewards of God's undeserved kindness. We realize that if Satan succeeded in holding us back from "ministering to one another," he would weaken our unity. (Colossians 3:14; 1 Peter 4:10) In turn, a lack of unity would lead to a lack of zeal in the preaching work. Obeying God's commands to preach the good news and to build up fellow believers brings blessings to all. The ones we help are spiritually strengthened, while we experience the heartfelt joy that only giving can bring. (Acts 20:35) The congregation as a whole grows in warmth as each member takes a loving interest in others. Furthermore, the love and affection that we show for one another clearly identifies us as true Christians. Jesus said: "By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love among yourselves."—John 13:35.
(Watchtower issue: 1/15/09, 3:13, 15)
This aspect of our Christian brotherhood cannot be overstated.
Since I've personally struggled with chronic health issues over the years (which most people my age haven't had to deal with yet), I've discovered just how vital it is to have your spiritual morale continually built up and to build up the morale of others as well...Because if not, we can become depressed and overwhelmed by our own limitations, obstacles, and problems in life. And without that ongoing support and positive motivation & feedback from our brothers and sisters, we can end up feeling detached from the congregation...which causes us to *draw back* instead of continuing to *reach out* to others ... so this is another related Scripture which I personally find very encouraging:
"Strengthen the weak hands, YOU people, and make the knees that are wobbling firm. Say to those who are anxious at heart: "Be strong. Do not be afraid..." (Isaiah 35:3, 4)