As I was reading these words I was struck by two things. First was the truth that I see in them. The NT has numerous references to fellow believers as “brothers.” This is not just a title for another believer, it demonstrates how we are to look upon fellow followers of Christ. We are to see them as family (Matt. 12:46-50). The second thing that came to my mind involved thoughts about our culture. In this world of broken families I think it would be hard for many to view other followers of Christ as family. To some it may even be viewed as another opportunity for them to get hurt or burned by another human being.
With that said, the believer, with the help of the indwelling Spirit, can and will grow in the ability to view the church as the family of God. This goes against our individualistic culture and tradition in which we find ourselves today. Let us once again see one another as our “brother” and “sister” under our heavenly Father’s guidance.
As I was thinking about this post, I started thinking about the terms “brother” and “sister”. When I call people “brother” or “sister”, do I call them that because I truly consider them my family? Or has “brother” and “sister” merely become Christian titles?
What is the difference between calling someone “brother” or “sister” because you actually think of them as family, and calling someone “brother” or “sister” because that’s what you’re supposed to call other Christians?