Heb. 13:1-25 Love One Another

LOVE ONE ANOTHER
Hebrews 13:1-25 November 26 2006

Chapter 13 begins with a series of exhortations
built around the theme of Christian love. We should
love one another , strangers in need of hospitality,
and prisoners in need of help. Faithfulness in
marriage is essential. covetousness should be
replaced with contentment.

1. Love People (Hebr. 13:1-6)

Hebr. 13:1 Keep on loving each other as brothers. 13:2
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing
some people have entertained angels without knowing
it. 13:3 Remember those in prison as if you were their
fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you
yourselves were suffering. 13:4 Marriage should be
honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God
will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content
with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I
leave you; never will I forsake you.” 13:6 So we say with
confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?”

Brotherly love comes from the Greek word philadelphia.
The word used for love in John 3:16 is agape, the highest
form of love. The writer of Hebrews was not calling for
a lower level of love, but was demanding that believers
treat others as esteemed member of the family.
Continue is an imperative and , as such, is a command
to be practiced always. The idea would be to keep on
loving each other.
Hospitality was a quality required in Christian leaders
(1 Tim. 3:2).

2. Imitate Leaders (Hebr. 13:7-8)

Hebr. 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of
God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and
imitate their faith. 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday
and today and forever.

Though pastors are human to be sure, they should live
lives worthy of emulation from the congregation. Genuine
leaders do not exalt themselves; they exalt Christ the
Lord.

3. Perform Ministry (Hebr. 13:12-16)

Hebr. 13:12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate
to make the people holy through his own blood. 13:13 Let us,
then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore.
13:14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are
looking for the city that is to come. 13:15 Through Jesus,
therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise
—the fruit of lips that confess his name. 13:16 And do not
forget to do good and to share with others, for with such
sacrifices God is pleased.

Here is another form of sacrifice – service to others,
especially the sharing of material blessings. We are
to do good and to share. We are to offer our lives in daily
service to God or, as Paul said ,”to present your bodies
as a living sacrifice”(Rom. 12:1).
Like the great High Priest, our Lord, who gave Himself
as a sacrifice, we are to live in sacrificial service. God
finds great pleasure in this kind of response. We are to
make three kinds of spiritual sacrifices: praise,
profession, and pure . . . songs, self and substance.

4. Assist Leaders (Hebr. 13:17-19)

Hebr. 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority.
They keep watch over you as men who must give an account.
Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for
that would be of no advantage to you. 13:18 Pray for us. We
are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live
honorably in every way. 13:19 I particularly urge you to
pray so that I may be restored to you soon.

Earlier we noted an appeal to imitate the lifestyle of
departed leaders (Heb. 13:7). Here we deal with attitudes
toward present leaders. Some specific occasion of
disrespect or discontent could be the has is of this appeal
(Hebr.10:25).
Leadership is not the same as dictatorship. People follow
a leader as sheep follow a shepherd. Just as the shepherd
is responsible for the safety and feeding of the flock, the
leader is responsible to God for the well-being of the flock.
When the leader does his job well. the people willingly
obey and submit to his leadership.

Summary:

We give evidence of brotherly love by our actions. After
all, love is something you do! God expects us to love others
without exception. What are some areas in your life that need
examination at this point? Surely “the God of peace”
(Heb. 13:20) want His people to live in peace with one another.
What better way to make this happen than by loving one
another?