Brotherly Love?

by Paula Harrington
childrenchess4.jpgIf you read much of my writing than you know that I love the Chess Club and I’m not ashamed to admit that I like the kids much more than I do the game.
We recently began this semester’s meetings and I was delighted at the new faces that arrived.
A few minutes into the first session, a third grader marched to where I was sitting and declared, “I don’t like the kid I’m playing! He’s calling me a liar and I’m not one! I don’t want to play with him anymore!”
I calmly instructed him to quiet down and then asked to whom he was referring. He motioned to where he had come from and replied, “That kid who keeps calling me a liar.”
After I asked him to direct me to *that kid*, we walked to the other side of the room and to a table where one very cute first grader sat.
The older child proclaimed, “Him!”
I tried not to laugh but my older student’s finger was pointed right in the face of his little brother.
Sometimes we’re less patient with those we should love the most and sadly, that’s sometimes true in the church as well.
The Devil knows that if he can divide us, he will conquer us and in some places, he’s doing a fine job.
Our Christian family is under attack. In order to fight the evil, we need to encourage and edify one another. We need to work, worship, and walk this road to Heaven together.
No, we might not always see eye to eye on everything but we must remember that God is our father and we are family (Galatians 3:26, Ephesians 2:19, I John 3:1). We will answer to him for the way we treat those in and out of the body of Christ.
Regardless of what our enemy may try to do, let’s love each other, glorify Jesus, and advance our Father’s Kingdom. Aren’t those the reasons we’re here anyway?

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