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Am I my brother's keeper?

One must look back to man's beginning, to the first relationship of two brothers, to find the story in which this question was asked. (Genesis 4: 9) "Then the Lord said to Cain, where is your brother Abel?"

"I don't know," he replied. "Am I my brother's keeper?" Please read Genesis 4: 1-16 for the whole story.

The Lord God knew that Cain had killed his brother and that it was the result of Cain's sin; first he was angry, then hate filled his heart.

Burning with hate and jealously, he devised a plan of deception and murder. He said to his trusting brother, "Let's go out to the field." Then, he carried out his dastardly deed, which was the first murder.

Can you see the progression of sin here? We must not treat sin lightly, because if we allow sin to go unchecked, it will grow into the next step and get worse and worse until it destroys us. (Genesis 4: 6, 7).

Someone says something you don't like, you feel insulted and become angry. Anger turns to hate. If you nurse this hate, you will begin to figure out a way to get even, which may lead you to do physical harm to this person. This action may even lead to the death of one of you. This is the Devil's evil, his lies and deceit. He leads us deeper and deeper into sin, and desires to destroy us completely.

The answer to sin and the misery it brings is to seek the Lord with all our hearts, to repent of our sins and be forgiven by God. Then, we must discipline our lives according to His teachings. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3: 5, 6.)

If you seek wisdom and direction in your life, read the book of Proverbs in the Old Testament. Chapter 3 is entitled, "Further benefits of wisdom."

There are two questions we seek to answer here: "Where is your brother?" And "Am I my brother's keeper?"

If we truly have concern for our fellow man, our brother, then we will know where he is - we will know if he is poor and needy, sick or in prison, without clothes or food, and we will find ways to help him.

Some people today are very caring of the needs of others and give generously to help the less fortunate. They are to be commended. (See Mathew 25: 21-46.) Others only care for themselves and ignore the needs of their brothers. One great need that is ignored by the vast majority today is our brother's spiritual needs.

We call ourselves a Christian nation, but we are not! Polls show that a high percentage of Americans believe in God, but their actions speak louder than their words. They may believe there is a God, but they do not know Him or have the proper relationship with Him.

To our shame, the majority of those who call themselves Christians do not care enough to witness to their lost brothers. They content themselves with the thought, "That's what we pay our Ministers for," but the truth is God has given every Christian the command to witness to the lost sinner. (See Mathew 18; 18-20).

Am I My Brother's Keeper? Should I be concerned about my brother's condition and help him in his need? Most of us may answer this question positively, but then would we actually do anything about it?

We are our brother's keeper, whether we realize it or not, or if we accept this concept or not. "But I can't help everybody I see or learn of their needs." No, but we can help some of them!

Get involved! Do what you can! You and our society will be better off because you care.

Do you believe in God? Then, why not trust Him and have faith in Him personally? Admit your sin and ask Him to forgive you in Jesus' name.

Come to the Bible-teaching Church of your choice this Sunday and learn more about our great and only God! Call (770) 603 PRAY and ask for me, Brother James. Leave your phone number and name and I will call you back. May God bless you richly.