Brother to Brother
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. - John 13:34
Brothers like to compete with each other. Whether playing one-on-one basketball or some video game, neither guy wants to lose. It’s called “sibling rivalry,” and it’s not unusual.
That was often the situation in the book of Genesis, which we could call A Brief History of Sibling Rivalry. Cain and Abel (Genesis 4); Isaac and Ishmael (21:8–10); Joseph and everyone not named Benjamin (chapter 37). But for brother-to-brother problems, it’s hard to beat Jacob and Esau.
Esau’s twin brother Jacob had cheated him twice, so he wanted revenge on Jacob (27:41). Decades later, Jacob and Esau would work it all out (chapter 33). But the rivalry continued on in their later families, who became the nations of Edom and Israel. When Israel prepared to enter the Promised Land, Edom refused to help (Numbers 20:14–21).
Happily for us, the Bible shows us that the story of God’s redemption can help people who don’t get along.
Brothers can become friends. That’s the thing with God. When we forgive others, God can change even sibling rivalries into brotherly love.
In 2008, NBA brothers Pau and Marc Gasol were traded for each other. Pau was sent to the LA Lakers, and Marc, who had been drafted by the Lakers, was sent to Memphis.
Just You and God
“God, when my brother (or sister) gets on my nerves, can you help us get along?”
- Week 73 - The O-line
- Week 74 - Plowing Straight Lines
- Week 75 - God Is There!
- Week 76 - Go Fishing!
- Week 77 - Make A Joyful Shout
- Week 78 - Where Are You?
- Week 79 - The Fox And The Egg
- Week 80 - Rising Above
- Week 81 - We Know What Will Happen
- Week 82 - Press On
- Week 83 - A Sheep Story
- Week 84 - The Overcomers
- Week 85 - Human Chess
- Week 86 - The Fingerprint Of God
- Week 87 - Make It Simple
- Week 88 - Who's Your Hero?
- Week 89 - Make A Comeback
- Week 90 - Giants Of The Deep
- Week 61 - Feeding The Wolf
- Week 62 - Who Are You?
- Week 63 - Got You Covered
- Week 64 - Everybody Needs Jesus!
- Week 65 - Disappointing Heroes
- Week 66 - Weighed Down
- Week 67 - Ya Gotta Believe
- Week 68 - Buried Treasure
- Week 69 - Taking Risks
- Week 70 - Think Fast
- Week 71 - Brother To Brother
- Week 72 - On Our Side
- Week 49 - The Wonder of Nature
- Week 50 - The Other Bill Henry
- Week 51 - On A Mission
- Week 52 - More Than A Hero
- Week 53 - Show Me!
- Week 54 - Asleep In The Tower
- Week 55 - Seek Wisdom
- Week 56 - "Fishing Where They Ain't"
- Week 57 - God's Front Porch
- Week 58 - Load Line
- Week 59 - Cricket And Christianity
- Week 60 - Flawed And Frail
- Week 37 - Waiting To Cheer
- Week 38 - Drifting Away
- Week 39 - What's A Windtalker?
- Week 40 - Double Coverage
- Week 41 - Check The Compass
- Week 42 - Solving The Mystery
- Week 43 - Star Shepherd
- Week 44 - Big Spring
- Week 45 - "The Guy Who Ran The Wrong Way"
- Week 46 - Ant Safari
- Week 47 - We're Safe
- Week 48 - A&M's Twelfth Man
- Week 25 - The Worst Defeat
- Week 26 - The Trail Of Tears
- Week 27 - Bring It On!
- Week 28 - Super Bowl Light
- Week 29 - You're Not Home Yet
- Week 30 - A Good Man
- Week 31 - A Parade Of One
- Week 32 - Little Nicks-Big Trouble
- Week 33 - Help With A Home Run
- Week 34 - What On Earth?
- Week 35 - Alone In Space
- Week 36 - Leap The Wall
- Week 13 - Distraction
- Week 14 - Follow Me
- Week 15 - Dingo the Dog
- Week 16 - What Could Go Wrong?
- Week 17 - Follow The Instructions?
- Week 18 - Pistol Pete's Search
- Week 19 - From Failure To Success
- Week 20 - Tough Trees
- Week 21 - Choosing The Hard Thing
- Week 22 - Keep Running!
- Week 23 - Never Alone
- Week 24 - Thirty-Five Million Beats
- Week 1 - Helping You Stand Strong
- Week 2 - Suit Up
- Week 3 - The Variety of Creation
- Week 4 - All Safe! All Well!
- Week 5 - Shaq and Me
- Week 6 - Mountains and Temples
- Week 7 - Big Universe, Great God
- Week 8 - Work Things Out
- Week 9 - T-Ball Faith
- Week 10 - Dog Tired
- Week 11 - An Amazing Treasure
- Week 12 - "Not My Kind"
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