“Being Kind to My Brothers and Sisters”

“Being Kind to My Brothers and Sisters”
Woodlawn Baptist Church
January 12, 2011

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.  ~Romans 12:10

Sometimes we find it hard to be kind to others, especially those who may have done us wrong.  It is even harder when we have been hurt by members of our own family.  No matter how terribly someone may have hurt us, God wants us to show love to each other and honor one another BEFORE ourselves.  Human nature can make this task appear impractical, but God would never command us to do the impossible. 

In the latter part of the book of Genesis (Chapters 37-46) we find the story of Joseph and his brothers.  Jacob had 12 sons and of all his sons, Joseph was his favorite.  Joseph’s father loved him so much that he made a special coat for him.  When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than his brothers, they grew envious and hated him.  Because of this, his brothers devised a plan and had Joseph sold into Egypt; not knowing that this was right where God wanted him to be.  Years later, Joseph’s brothers returned to Egypt where they found Joseph.  To their surprise Joseph was happy to see his brothers and showed love to them.  He ordered that they return home and bring back their father and their families.  Joseph helped to provide a home for his family. 

Despite being emotionally abused and eventually separated from the only family he has ever known, Joseph still had compassion for his brothers and a willingness to take care of them.  Are we trying hard enough to be kind to others, even if we have been hurt in a situation that’s so minor compared to what Joseph went through?

Something to think about:  I think about Joseph and how easily he could have held a grudge towards his brothers, but yet he obeyed God and was blessed because of it.  Grudges never create blessings; they only waste God given energy.  I encourage you all to practice showing random acts of kindness to not only your family but everyone you come across.  “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”…Especially in God’s eyes.

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