From Pastor’s Desk: 9-1-19
Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.
Brothers can fight like no other. But, usually, let someone from outside the family pick on one and the other sticks up for him.
Should it not be the same in the family of God? There is no doubt that there are going to be disagreements within the “Household of Faith.” Sometimes those disagreements can be quite severe. But when things are reasoned out with each other, understanding and acceptance of the others’ viewpoint can be reached.
What about those outside the church that would berate your brother and/or sister? Do you agree and side with them, or do you “stick up” for your brother and/or sister? Unfortunately, too often some will side with the person who is berating.
Adam Clarke says of this verse, “Equally in adversity as in prosperity. And a brother, according to the ties and interests of consanguinity, is born to support and comfort a brother in distress.”
Clarke uses the big word “consanguinity,” which is means: …of the same blood or origin; specifically: descended from the same ancestor.
The question(s) for the church would be: Are we really a friend that loves at all times? Do we help our brother/sister when they are going through difficult times?
The age-old question of “Am I my brother’s keeper?” posed so long ago from Cain when the LORD confronted him about his brother, Abel, still resounds down through the annals of time. Well, the answer to that question is found in Gal 6:2 as it tells us to “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
Moral of the story? Those in your church family may be going through stuff of which others have no idea. Don’t side with those who come against your brother/sister, rather, stick up for them.