21 But that you also may know my affairs and how I am doing, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make all things known to you;
Paul characterized Tychicus in two ways. First he called him “a beloved brother.”
a beloved brother
Paul’s first depiction of Tychicus was as “a beloved brother.” A brother is the basic relationship among Christians. Tychicus was more than just a brother; he was a “beloved” brother. He had endeared himself to the apostle in prison. It is one thing to be a brother; it is another to be a beloved brother.
Philippians 4:1, “Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved.”
2 Thessalonians 2:13, “But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.”
Those close to Tychicus loved him. When it came to fellowship, he was “beloved.”
God expects us to love our colleagues in ministry.
Paul loved his colleagues greatly. God expects us to love those with whom we serve in ministry.