Words from the Heart for Friday November 9th, 2018
Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?”
Genesis 4:9 (NRSV)
My Brother’s Keeper
Among the very first two brothers born to His creation there was conflict. When the Lord asked Cain about his brother his answer was to deny any responsibility to him. But, we are responsible for others in every healthy, possible way. The Lord will give us a grace to fulfill our responsibility. If we have been failed by others, let us forgive them and resolve to continue to obey the Lord as a “keeper of our brother.”
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God loves you even when you are doing things that He doesn’t want you to do or doesn’t appreciate. He loved you enough to send Jesus to take upon Himself the punishment that your sins, and mine, deserve. And after we have come into relationship with Him, He looks after us and cares about our every need. And He expects us, as His children, to care for others. This isn’t natural for us as sinners. After Cain killed his brother Abel, God comes looking for him. Genesis 4:9 says, “Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain is deflecting, of course. He knew exactly where Abel was – right in the field where he had left his body after killing him. God’s expectation is always that we are our brothers’ keeper. We are called to love and protect others, not to harm them and certainly not to take their lives. As a follower of Christ, you are called to be your brother’s keeper. Whom within the family of God is He calling you to serve and care for today?
These have been words from the heart.