Every child of God is my brother or sister. If God is his father, then I am his brother. I do not choose him because he is desirable, I just recognize him because he has been chosen by God.
He, like I am, is an important and necessary part of the family. He is not to be put out or put down. We are not to make him feel that we “dutifully” put up with him. Paul used the analogy of the physical body to show the importance of even the weakest and most unattractive child of God.
“…it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; and those members of the body, which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor…” (1 Corinthians 12:22).
I love my brother because he is family. If he is discouraged, I exhort him. If he is in need, I share with him what I have. If he does wrong, I tell him his fault. If he is hurting, I care. That’s brotherhood! I know by treating him like a brother, I am honoring Christ. Jesus said:
“Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40).
God’s children are special people. We hold them in high esteem and give them special treatment because “they are brethren” (1 Timothy 6:2).

One Reply to “Brotherhood”

  1. Excellent thoughts. Love is always kind, always honest (I think that one we stumble with to often) never puffed up. Oh sometimes I wonder what a good helping of honest and true love would bring some of our astranged brethren.

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