I am my Brother’s Keeper

And the LORD said unto Cain, Where [is] Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: [Am] I my brother’s keeper? (Genesis 4:9) Overall brothers and sisters, we are our brothers keeper. We as Christians are to restore a sinning believer GENTLY.  We are not to grind them into the dirt and treat them harshly. Oftentimes, when we find out that our Christian brother or sister is still sinning willfully our immediate action is to ignore it all. We say to ourselves “What is it to me if another Christian is sinning.” As I said, we are our Brother’s keeper and according to the Bible, we are responsible to help others to be holy through an appropriate rebuke.

This is not a judgment, but a gentle rebuke or scolding. Galatians 6:1-2 (New American Standard Bible NASB) states  Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. The intention of the rebuke is not just to prove you are right or to win an dispute.

This is a rebuke of support and restoration. However, before attempting to rebuke, confer with the Lord on how exactly to go about restoring your brother or sister. Ask the Lord to speak through your vocal cords and think through your mind and let it be all of Him and none of you. We really must decrease as God increases in our lives. Pride is a devilish device that will surely steer us in the wrong direction. The person we restore will profit to remember 1 Peter 5: 10 (NLT) that “In kindness God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.

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