Romans 12:10 calls us to “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.”
Devotion. Loyalty. Not really a word that is heard much in our fast-paced, self-centered, impatient world. We count every minute … but always for ourselves. Loyalty is about giving time and energy to another person over the long-haul. It’s about commitment, even when the going gets tough.
The church needs to be a place where people can go to experience love over the long haul. Many people won’t respond to God’s love quickly, and will need devoted, loyal love to soften them over time. Many people will have needs that take years to address, heal, or overcome … or, perhaps, that will never be overcome in this lifetime. All these people need to know that there are brothers and sisters in Christ standing beside them, demonstrating God’s loyal love here and now.