My Brother’s Keeper

gettingreadyforthecross.jpgThen the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” – Genesis 4:9

The first murder in the Bible was not so mysterious.  It was a simple case of jealousy and rage that even the bonds of brotherhood could not subdue.  Cain should have indeed been his brother’s keeper, but his greed was greater than his love.  In the family of God, we find that our responsibility of love, care and concern extends far beyond blood relationships to all those with whom we share a spiritual bond. Jesus said “who are my mother and my brothers? Anyone who does My will is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:33-35)

We are all expected to put others’ hearts and needs above our own, to keep and protect them as we would not only ourselves and our family, but our Master.  “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”(Matt 25:40) We are all family through God the Father and He wants us to hold hands, cross the busy streets together, and keep each other safe.

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