A Nobler Love

2 Peter 1:7—“And in godliness, brotherly love; and in brotherly love, love.”

Note 2 on love says: “The Greek word is used in the New Testament for the divine love, which God is in His nature (1 John 4:8, 16). It is nobler than human love. It adorns all the qualities of the Christian life (1 Cor. 13; Rom. 13:8-10; Gal. 5:13-14). It is stronger in ability and greater in capacity than human love (Matt. 5:44, 46), yet a believer who lives by the divine life (v. 3) and partakes of the divine nature (v. 4) can be saturated with it and express it in full. Such a love needs to be developed in brotherly love to govern it and flow in it for the full expression of God, who is this love. Faith can be considered the seed of life, and this nobler love, the fruit (v. 8) in its full development. The six steps of development in between are the stages of its growth unto maturity.”

Cross-references “b” on love directs us to one related verse:

1 Thessalonians 3:12—“And the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we also to you.”

 

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