Brotherly love ‘is something far higher and deeper than church rambles and other organised friendship activities, useful as these may be,’ writes the author. The great goal is philadelphia love, a New Testament term indicating ‘a depth and tenacity of love equal to the love of a blood tie’.
Why is such a strong term used? What is the scope of mutual affection and loyalty, required in Scripture? When does love become inappropriate – even a vice? What obstructs and hinders brotherly love? And what are the steps we must take in order to promote and preserve it?
Here is an illuminating and searching treatment of a topic vital to the holiness and happiness of all Christians and churches.