Posted by: SandreS | October 15, 2017

Kindly Affectionate

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Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love (Romans 12:10).

The Greek word Paul used for “kindly affectioned” in Romans 12:10 is Φιλόστοργος (philostorgos, Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, G5387) is a word meaning “affectionate regard of members of a family” (E.W. Bullinger, Companion Bible Notes) or “cherishing one’s kindred” (Strong’s).

As believers, Paul tells us that we are bound by family ties. These are not, however, bonds of genealogy, but rather spiritual bonds of a far higher household – “the family of faith” (Galatians 6:10, Concordant).

The root of our English word “kindly” is, of course, kind. What may be interesting to note is that it was originally “kinned.”

A “kind” person is a “kinned” person, one of kin; one who acknowledges and acts upon his kinship. — Richard Chenevix Trench (1807-1886), On the Study of Words (1859), page 53.

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