BE YOUR BROTHER’S KEEPER
“But those who won't care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.” 1Timothy 5:8 (NLT)
Our siblings are gifts from God. We are expected to look out for them and care for them in any way we can because they are a part of us. They are our family. Molesting and abandoning our siblings or those placed under our care is wrong. Such actions work to our disadvantage and bring judgment (Prov. 11:29).
Amnon, the son of David, was capable of having any woman he desired in the whole of Israel and Judah, but rather chose to exercise his lustful desires on his own half-sister Tamar. Amnon did not grasp the significance of his role as a brother to Tamar. So he ended up committing several ungodly acts in one day just to satisfy his selfish intent. He lied to his father the king about his health, lured Tamar to his room, then assaulted and abandoned her (2 Sam. 13:11-15). We cannot forsake our siblings and still expect God’s blessing and elevation in our lives.
Our biological siblings and our brothers and sisters in Christ are there for a reason. We must always have their best interest at heart in all our dealings with them. It is a privilege and a blessing to have them in our lives. So be mindful and take proper care of those that God has placed under you. It may not always be easy, but in so doing, you will position your life and household for God’s continual love and favour (Ps. 103:17). It always pays to be your brother’s keeper.
Lord, strengthen me and give me the grace to truly be my brother’s keeper.
I am a blessing to my family and the house of God. I responsibly dispense my duties to those under my care.