Love Your Brother
Obadiah 1:11 "On the day you stood aloof while strangers carried off his
wealth and foreigners entered his gates and cast lots for Jerusalem, YOU WERE
LIKE ONE OF THEM."
The love of a brother and the treatment of a brother are of high value to
the LORD (1John 4:19-21). In the book of Obadiah, Esau (Edom) received
judgement for how he treated his brother Jacob (Israel). His actions were in
every way displeasing unto the LORD. The Bible said because of the violence
against his brother (verse 10), overlooking injustice, personally mistreating
and also promoting others in mistreating him (verse 11), Edom received judgment.
Hmmmm.... does this sound familiar? Have you been guilty of this in any form or
fashion? Could relationships mean more to GOD than they do to us? Are we not
called to resemble HIM to a world who knows HIM not?
Esau didn't have a problem with himself because he felt secure in himself
(verse 3). He thought he was better off in many cases by his position than he
really was. Esau was prideful and in pride deception always sees an
opportunity. Could we think we're better off than we really are because of the
certain areas in our walk we have excelled in? We say, "I'm doing this, I've
done that LORD", and at the same time disregard the area of how we are treating
our brothers? We would rather compete with our brothers than support, walk, or
humble ourselves to our brothers. The wrong outlook, the wrong motive, the
wrong driving force with our brothers can bring in hate and dismiss love and
destroy the relationship just ask Esau and Cain. The competition between Esau &
Jacob started in the Book of Genesis and we now see the extent of it being
carried out by Edom in the book of Obadiah. Cain kills Abel because he got so
caught up in that his gift wasn't accepted instead of celebrating that his
brother's gift was accepted.
My brothers, to truly resemble CHRIST, we must go all in with it. Humility
must reign in us & love must live comfortably in us. We must be more mindful,
more supportive, quick to stand up for one another, glean from one another, more
sensitive, more compassionate, more open, and more receptive of one another.
Esau & Jacob showed us two people in this world, one that will be avenged,
redeemed, exalted, restored and those that will be judged, destroyed, conquered,
brought down all because of how they treated their brothers. Yes you are sharp
when it comes to you but what about when it comes to others? How much effort
are you putting into the relationship with your brothers? Is your relationship
with GOD alive while your relationship with others is dieing? Let us all ask
ourselves, "How much of a brother are you?"
Scripture of thought: "Therefore as we have opportunity, let us do good to
all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."
(Galatians 6:10 NIV).