Am I My Brother’s Keeper?
I know many times we are so wrapped up into our own issues, even though we church goers. We still don’t take time to see about our brothers and sister in Christ. I have literally sat in church myself, and felt so unwanted or not cared about. That’s because although I had my issues, I truly believe we are so consumed with our own issues that we don’t take time for others. We say Praise the Lord and keep on moving. Unless of course it’s the busy body of the church; and all churches have them. But to genuinely show a Godly love and to pray about the situations certain people are going through, without knowing all of their personal business. It appears to be few and far between.
Christ tells us in the scriptures to be our brothers keeper. We are to esteem ourselves higher than others. Below are some scriptures that I hope will help you. Now this is going to seem a little out there, but remember to be concerned about your fellow brothers and sisters without judgment, without criticizing, sharing their business with others, or getting so attached that you become or want to become intimate with them, and claim you are doing it for the sake of Christ.
Galatians 6:2 – Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Matthew 25:35 – For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Genesis 4:8-10 – And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
Genesis 4:1-26 – And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
James 5:16 – Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Romans 12:17-21 – Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
Psalms 82:1-8 – (A Psalm of Asaph.) God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.
Ephesians 4:15-16 – But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: Matthew 7:1-10 – Judge not, that ye be not judged.
Ephesians 6:12 – For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Colossians 3:9-10 – Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds.
ENCOURAGE YOURSELF: We cannot hide ourselves anywhere where God will not see us. God sees us even when we think we are hidden. He looks from heaven and His eye sees through the darkness. God sees our hearts. We may wear a mask and people think we are following God. But one day we will stand before God and all will be seen. Some people pretend to be going to heaven while they are on the road to destruction. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing. As Elijah challenged the people, “If the Lord is God, follow Him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” (1 Kings 18:21) But don’t serve Baal and then pretend to be serving God. If God sees and knows everything, this should make us tremble with fear if we are living in sin. If we would remember that God is always watching us, would we still sin? God sees everything—His eye is never turned away or shut. Nothing is hidden from Him. God sees everything—will we disobey Him? God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. He wants them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live. “Turn! Turn from your wickedness!” God says (Ezekiel 33:11). Turn to Christ and live, and then His eye which now brings fear will bring comfort and joy. If we pray, He sees us. If we repent, He sees us. “While he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20) If we turn to God and believe in Christ, He will forgive us and give us new life. “O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me…You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord….Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to know!
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” (Psalm 139)