2 Peter 1:7 "And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity".
In our verse of focus, the Apostle Peter concludes the list of the needed characteristics for Christian living, with brotherly kindness and charity.
Brotherly kindness can be defined as having and displaying genuine love and concern for each other. Brotherly kindness must be shown without bias. The desire to help someone should be purely based on the person's need for help and our ability to assist. When helping an individual, at no time should any consideration be given to the person's station in life.
God does not love us based on who we are. Rather, He loves us inspite of who we are.
Charity (love) is the final component of the Christian's attributes, mentioned in the verse. Love, which is a tender, passionate affection for another person, is best demonstrated in action.
In every situation, when we interact with each other, individuals need to experience love in action. The words 'I love you' must move to the next level, which is, 'Let me show you how much I love you'. That is love in action.
God demonstrated love in action, when He sent Jesus, His only begotten Son to die in our stead. God loves and He gives. What amazing, marvellous love!
In numerous ways, each moment of every day, we are recipients of God's everlasting love, His lovingkindness and His tender mercies.
In response, we need to share what we have received with others. May we continue to be loving and kind to our fellowmen.