Pupils of God

But as touching brotherly love {philadelphia} ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another- I Thessalonians 4:9. The one Greek word philadelphia can be translated into brotherly love or brotherly kindness or love of the brethren. The Apostle Paul is stating that he had no need to explain how to love our brothers and sisters or our dear friends, for we have known instinctively how to since childhood because the philadelphia kind of love is an innate quality of life. The word love in the second phrase ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another is the Greek verb agapao meaning active spiritual love, and this kind of love from God reveals a new, intense quality of love that God Himself teaches to His beloved children. When we utilize God’s love, we literally will become pupils of God, being taught by Him the true joys and virtues of how to love others His way.” ~LMJ~