“Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” ~Ecclesiastes 4:12
I think one of the most overlooked attributes to the Christian life is the fact that we are all brothers and sisters. I can travel all over the country and simply walk into an evangelical church on a Sunday morning and be amongst family.
The danger we face is the daily interaction with one another that can irritate and agitate each other. I remember the first time I heard an old saying,
“To live above, With the saints I love, O, wouldn’t that be glory. But to live below, With the saints I know, That’s another story”
Truth is we need each other. I was reminded recently during a heated conflict when a brother said to me “We are on the same team”. Remembering that we have a mutual relationship with our Heavenly Father is not something that should be forgotten. I remember a time when my two children we young and they were yelling at each other, my oldest retaliated with a comment that got to me. She said “I hate you and wish you would go away forever”. This turned into a closed door meeting. I reminder my daughter that he was her brother, she answered with “I don’t care, I hate him”. This brought me to my feet, hands on hips and a stern voice, “That’s my son you’re talking about”. Well, that got her attention, she was no longer concerned about the previous issue with her brother because she now had a new one with her father.
When we realize that when we speak and act out towards one another we are dealing with God’s child, we may want to be careful that we don’t get “Dad” mad and have to deal with Him. Besides we are better together, in the previous verses Solomon tells us
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.”
I know we can’t always get along with everyone but allow me to introduce myself, “You don’t know me but I’m your brother”, and to quote another classic “We all need somebody to lean on”. Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events.
Daily Quote: Do not work so hard for Christ that you have no strength to pray, for prayer requires strength. ~Hudson Taylor
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