“And to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:7-8(NIV)
Brotherly kindness—we exercise it by greeting one another, sharing concerns and griefs. A practical aspect is praying for others, communicating gentle thoughts when another is in turmoil.
Love—we demonstrate the practice of patience and kindness especially during another’s time of grief or turmoil. Peter tells us of a positive aspect to possessing these qualities increase in our hearts. We will be more effective and productive in what we know of Jesus.
Several years ago, I had occasion to pray and cry at an altar with a devout Christian lady. We were in a revival. An event happened with some of the congregants that tore the rest of the people apart. I choose not to repeat the sin that was uncovered. We were all devastated. I remember us crying to the LORD together. We became closer because of our shared grief. Several of the people I worship with in another church were in that meeting. We all came away from that service closer to God and closer to each other.
We all should treat one another with love and kindness, no matter what issue we face.