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A Question for God

Friday, 10 February 2012 · Christian Life
"And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?"—Gen. 4:9

The account of how Cain killed Abel is significant in that it makes us wonder at how so long ago hatred began to reign in the hearts of men. Unfortunately, the story is no different today. Men have totally lost love for neighbours and all they do is only towards satisfying their own ends, not caring whether others are adversely affected in the process. We then seem to be asking God this 'cainish' question: "Am I my brother's keeper?"

Although it is traditionally believed that Cain's sacrifice was rejected because he did not give his best, the latter action of Cain (i.e. the murder of his brother) seems to offer a clue to why God did not accept his sacrifice in the first place—he had no love for his brother. To make matters worse, Cain resorted to envying Abel instead of addressing his own error. See Matt.5:23,24.

The outcome of this hateful envy was murder (I Jn 3:15). We can now see how the lack of love for others can make one do anything to their detriment. That is, perhaps, why loving our neighbours is regarded as the second greatest commandment. Obviously, genuine love dispels hatred. See Mark 12:31.

It is very disheartening that this question is still being asked by many today including some in the church. Yes, many christians show by their actions that they are not their brother's keepers. I John 3:16-17 says, "Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?" See also Philippians 2:2-5, Romans 15:1-3.If we have to follow the example of our Lord, then we must love and care for others. Yes, we must indeed be our brother's keeper.

So having seen that we have to be our brothers' keepers, one may be asking: "Who is really my brother/neighbour?" The answer is: anybody you come across that needs your help. Now, how does that sound? Read Luke 10:25-37.

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