January 4, 2018

Just as the message of the Gospel surfaced very early in scripture(Gen.3:15) so does the message of Brotherly Love. In fact Peter says that we are to supplement our faith with Brotherly Love. So when Cain said to God, “Am I my brother’s guardian or keeper?” The answer was, “Absolutely.” (Gen. 4:9).

The very nature of God is Love and when we received Jesus the Holy Spirit poured out God’s love into our hearts.(Rom.5:5). God’s love is not self-taking it is self-giving.

The word guardian or keeper means to watch, to keep, to preserve, to guard, to be careful, to watch over, to watch carefully over, to be on one’s guard.

We are held accountable for how we treat others and how we relate to them. I think we all get the part of how we treat others and we are probably pretty careful in this area. In case you are not sure of how to treat others here is a good informative verse:

Ephesians 4:32 (NLT) — 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Here is a verse on how we relate to others:

Ephesians 4:31 (NLT) — 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.

You will notice that how we relate was listed before how we treat others. That is because how we relate will lead to how we treat. If we relate with bitterness, anger and harsh words the treatment will go along with it. But I need to talk a little more on relating. Conduct always flows out of our character. Do we give people our undivided attention when they talk to us. If not we are not guarding the art of communication and we come across as being better than the person speaking to us. Do we sigh and roll our eyes? How does that keep a good relationship? Do we interrupt when others are talking? Do we come across as a know-it-all? Are other people’s opinions valued as much as we value our own?

Have you ever given someone the silent treatment or inserted sarcasm into the conversation? Do you try to understand what the other person is saying and what might be affecting how they are saying it or are you always trying to figure out how to answer? Are you an encourager or a complainer? Do the ‘if onlys’ control how you relate? If only she would… or if only he hadn’t… 

You see how we relate will either guard brotherly love or tear it down. It will either draw people to Jesus or drive them away. Depending on how you treat others and relate to them will either make the message about Jesus, good news or bad news. What news do you want it to be?

Colossians 3:21 (NLT) — 21 Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.

Romans 12:18 (NLT) — 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

Yes we are our brother’s keeper and we will be held accountable for how we treat and relate to others. We may not physically kill someone like Cain did but how many times have our words killed a relationship?

Proverbs 18:21 (NLT) — 21 The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

God took away Cain’s ability to farm and sentenced him to be a fugitive and a wanderer. Which indicates to me that if we don’t add to our faith brotherly love we will lead unfruitful and purposeless lives.

However we don’t have to end up like Cain who didn’t repent of his sin. We can repent of the way we have treated and related to people and start fresh here in 2018:)

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    We also read about the testing of Jesus. If we know the word of God then we know how to respond to others.