Christian Graces – Brotherly Kindness

TITLE: Christian Graces – Brotherly Kindness

SUBJECT: Christian Living

PROPOSITION: A Christian who displays brotherly kindness is going to be 1) Gracious and Giving, 2) Challenging and Truthful, and 3) Affectionate and Loving.

OBJECTIVE: The hearer should understand what it means to love someone as a brother or sister in Christ by displaying the characteristics of brotherly kindness.

AIM: To familiarize the hearer with scriptures that discuss these qualities.


1. Read: 2 Peter 1:5-8

2. About the Text:

1) Brotherly kindness means to love someone as a brother.

2) This is the Greek word Philadelphia.

3) This is a natural love that we have for those who are friendly toward us.

4) Christians ought to exhibit this kind of love in their life frequently.

3. Ref. to S, T, P, O, and A.

DISCUSSION: A Christian who displays brotherly kindness will be . . .

I.   Gracious and Giving

1. To be gracious is to be giving – 2 Corinthians 8:9 – Jesus example.

2. To be gracious is to be forgiving – Colossians 3:12-14 – Read

3. To be gracious is to be thankful – 1 Thess.5:18 – “In everything give thanks…”

II.  Challenging and Truthful

1. Having brotherly love does not necessarily mean constant appeasement.

2. “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17).

3. “Buy the truth and do not sell it” (Proverbs 23:23).

4. Jesus told the truth regardless of how people felt about it – John 8:31-32, John 14:6

5. We are to preach the truth in love – Ephesians 4:15

6. Paul loved the brethren, but didn’t compromise truth because of them (Galatians 1:10).

III. Affectionate and Loving

1. We are to be kindly affectionate one toward another – Romans 12:9ff.

2. It is a precursor to unity – Phil.2:1-2.

3. 1 Corinthians 13:1-8a – Read. Put your name in for “love.”

4. We not only have brotherly love, but also agape love as well.


1. Invitation