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Let’s turn the page forward because the goal is to understand what being “my brother’s keeper” looks like today. The phrase “my brother’s keeper” occurs in the context of the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis 4:1-9. After the Lord God had expelled Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden for their disobedience, Cain killed his brother Abel out of jealousy that God had found Abel’s sacrifice acceptable, but He had rejected Cain’s. After the murder, the Lord, knowing full well what had happened, asked Cain where Abel was. Cain’s response was "I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper.

Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. – 1 John&nbsp;<span dir="ltr">4:20-21</span>. This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our Hate, Misunderstanding, Jealousy, live and support your brothers and sisters. For we &nbsp;have been called to live in freedom. If we let freedom ring in our lives just think what this world would be like. Don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.&nbsp;

There are so many verses in the Bible about loving each other. Caring for each other. Looking out for others' interests. Jesus summed it up best in Mark 12:31, Love your neighbor as yourself. May l say that again. Love your neighbor as yourself. That is the heart and crux of the matter. In fact, Jesus said in John 13:35, that the identifying mark for everyone who is his disciple will be the way they love one another. If the church would take this to heart and display true brotherly love towards each other. This will be a better place to live.

So, as Christians, we are to be our brother’s keeper. As Paul wrote, “Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify (build up) another” (Romans 14:19)


Good Bless, Rev.