Today we read the concluding chapter of the letter to the Hebrews; it starts,
“Let brotherly love continue”.
What things can undermine “brotherly love”? One thing is a breakdown in teamwork between believers in Christ – starting with a lessening of “the weakening of “spirit of Christ” in their hearts (see Romans 8:9-11); we do “not belong to Christ” if we do not have this Spirit! Such may not see themselves as belong to the world – but there is no ‘middle’ way!
How vital is advice we read today in verse 5:
“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have …”
We recall the verse in Paul’s 1 Timothy we read last week,
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith …” (6:10).
What do many, indeed most, in the world, “love” today? Money is also a means of acquiring or experiencing the things that they love.
David’s words in Psalm 119 contain a wonderfully positive prayer, we should all echo.
“Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain! Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways” (verses 36,37).
These words are in total contrast to the spirit that constantly surrounds us!