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From: Forthright Magazine <forthright@...>
Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2005 16:59:24 -0600
Forthright Magazine
Straight to the Cross

COLUMN: Scriptures Speak

by Jimmy Jividen

Every child of God is my brother or sister.  If
God is his father, then I am his brother.  I do
not choose him because he is desirable, I just
recognize him because he has been chosen by God.

He, like I am, is an important and necessary part
of the family.  He is not to be put out or put
down.  We are not to make him feel that we
"dutifully" put up with him.  Paul used the
analogy of the physical body to show the
importance of even the weakest and most
unattractive child of God.

"...it is much truer that the members of the body
which seem to be weaker are necessary; and those
members of the body, which we deem less honorable,
on these we bestow more abundant honor..." (1
Corinthians 12:22).

I love my brother because he is family.  If he is
discouraged, I exhort him.  If he is in need, I
share with him what I have.  If he does wrong, I
tell him his fault.  If he is hurting, I care.
That's brotherhood!  I know by treating him like a
brother, I am honoring Christ.  Jesus said:

"Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it
to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least
of them, you did it to me" (Matthew 25:40).

God's children are special people.  We hold them
in high esteem and give them special treatment
because "they are brethren" (1 Timothy 6:2).

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