“Am I my brother’s keeper?” 

Cain & Abel • Devotion #4: “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
Gareth Volz | Senior (55+) Director

“Am I my brother’s keeper?” This question was first asked by Cain in Genesis 4:9. Cain argued with his brother Abel, and it got so heated that Cain killed his brother. In verse 8, God asks Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” Cain responded with a lie – “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?”

In most families, brothers stick together and have each other’s back, even if they have disagreements from time to time. The family is important, and family members look out for one another. As Christians, we are part of God’s family, the Church, and we should look out for one another. God’s Word has a lot to say about being our brother’s keeper:

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” Romans 12:10 

“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” Romans 12:17-18

“For all the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” Romans 13:9-10

“So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual unbuilding.” Romans 14:19

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” Ephesians 4:15-16

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13

“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in the spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:1-2

“Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, 

for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.” 1 Thessalonians 4:9

“Let brotherly love continue.” Hebrews 13:1

 “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” 1 Peter 3:8

The Bible makes it clear: I am my brother’s keeper!

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