Message: I’m I my brother’s Keeper?
Scripture: Genesis 4:5-8, Luke 21:31;61, and John 21:12-17
Yesterday’s message focused on what do when we are “offended” and reconciliation.
Offences are one of Satan's weapon’s against the church.
It is hard to be your brother’s keeper when you are hurt.
In Luke 4:18 Jesus said He has come to bind-up the broken hearted.
In Genesis 4:5-8 we see Cain was offended by God when told about his unacceptable offering and anger filled Cain’s heart to kill his brother. But God and his Love compel us to turn from evil and repent.
The mercy of God tried to compelled Cain in verse 6 “So the LORD said to Cain, Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?” 7. “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it”.
Jesus demonstrates the Love of God after being offended: Luke 21:31 Jesus predicts Peter’s denial; Jesus warns Peter that Satan desires to sift him as wheat. But Jesus said “I have already prayed for you” and “when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brotheren”.
In Luke 21:61 Peter denies Jesus three times before the cock-crowed, which left Peter devastated. There was an offence toward Jesus by Peter. In John 21:15-17 Jesus demonstrated to us how to restore relationship: John 21:12-13 JESUS made breakfast for the one that offended Him and give him opportunity to confess his love toward Jesus three times.
Relationships are not restored by “self-Justification nor self-righteousness”, but by humbling yourself in prayer and ask God to “show you – you” and to fix your heart, then pray for the one that despitefully used you and said all matter of evil against you. Then the Love of God will fill your heart and bring complete restoration. For His “Love constrains us” 2 Cor 5:14.
Topic: WHO’S IS CALLING YOU!
As we mediate on the Word of God from this past Sunday; let us remember how gracious God is when there is a calling on your life. When he is calling and entrusting you to be a keeper of the ones that he has been assigned to you. It could be your family, friends, or acquaintances how are we going to teach and guide them. Are we going to do it God’s way or your way?
Here we have a priest that was in charge of God’s house. As you read the scriptures
I Samuel 2, we see how his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. Now Eli’s the priest had a “ Bad situation, It was not his direct fault, but he had to deal with it.” Eli felt speaking to his sons would be enough; but his sons keep doing wrong. They kept corruption of the priesthood and the spiritual decline among God’s people.
In chapter 3 we see how God called Samuel, why because to use Samuel to proclaim His word, to provide an example of faithfulness to His will (2:35), to call for repentance and renewal (7:3), and to act as a mediator between God and the people.
God took time to call Samuel; he had called him three times and on the fourth time Samuel answer. Is it possible that God is calling you? Samuel answers by saying, “Speak Lord; for thy servant hearth.” How are you going to answer God when he is calling you to deal with “ Bad situation, It is not your fault, but are you willing to deal with it?”
I do pray that you will have a praying spirit to seek God for directions. We know in Prov. 3-5-6: The verse starts out with “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart”. Are we willing to trust God in the calling? I encourage you on this week to rededicate yourself to God and his purpose that He is calling you to do.
First Lady Johnson