The True brotherhood is one of the most powerful forces in the world. And it’s something the world greatly needs. Jesus showed us what brotherhood really is by doing three different things:
- Loving his “brothers;”
- Respecting everyone;
- Bringing out the best in everyone.
Loving His Brothers
The best definition of true brotherhood that I’ve heard is what Jesus told his disciples: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). And he followed his own words. He laid down his life for all of us.
Jesus proved to us that if you really love your friends, you will do anything for them, even if it includes dying for them. That is what brotherhood is to me — a feeling of complete commitment to your “brothers,” friends, that you would do anything for them.
Jesus had such a tight brotherhood with his disciples that during the last evening they spent together before he was arrested and killed, he washed his disciples’ feet. Even though Jesus was considered greater than his disciples because he was their teacher, he washed their feet as if they were greater than he was. This showed tremendous respect and love for them.
This is a humbling example because Jesus was so unselfish! If Jesus washed his disciples’ feet, what should we be doing for each other?
After he had washed their feet he explained what he was trying to teach them:
“So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” (John 13:12-17)
Bringing out the Best in Everyone
Jesus also made his students think about what they should be doing for each other. He urged us to be more compassionate, patient, trusting and caring towards one another. All of these combined would create an indescribable brotherhood between everyone.
Experiencing Brotherhood in Action
I think I experienced true brotherhood a few years ago when I joined the staff where I currently work. Even though most of the staff were there for many years before, the sense of brotherhood I experienced was strong. We all had a lot of love for each other.
The result was incredible! Our unit won and was more outstanding as we were expected to. Even when the days were hectic, we had a calm feeling that that kept us working as a team and brought out the best in each other. I think the keys to unity and success of our unit were respect, unselfishness, and trust. Our unity is talented, but we would not have been nearly as good without the trust we shared.
Brotherhood is loving one another as if there were no tomorrow. Doing so can bring extraordinary changes. But more than that, brotherhood is a powerful force for good, which comes straight from God.
Nothing is holding us back from expressing and feeling brotherhood. We don’t lack anything we need to experience it. And we don’t have to “make” or force it to happen, either. We just need to follow Jesus’ example by loving and respecting one another and bringing out the best in each other.