Genesis 4:9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”
The phrase, “A house divided will not stand,” points to the difficulty that a family, or even a nation, will have in surviving if it is not unified in its ideal of what is right and good for all. Today, as we look at the world that surrounds us, it is evident that division among the nations is alive and well. Division has swept through the ranks of the common man too. Neighbors are turning against neighbors. Families are divided against themselves. Chaos runs through the streets and stirs the flames of hatred. Even within our on small little piece of God’s garden the news is filled with acts of violence and hatred. Every day.
Cain asked a question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” One can strive with Olympian effort to hurdle the simple truth of this question and still stumble with every attempt. There is no getting over it, or around it. There is no escaping it. Yes, Cain was his brother’s keeper. This is also a good question for us to ask ourselves today. Am I my brother’s keeper?
Jesus stated that the two greatest commandments are these; “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” These words of Christ illuminate Cain’s greatest failures in life; he failed to love God and he failed to love his brother. Not only did he suffer because of his failures, but all those around him suffered as well. These same failures run rampant among us today. You know, it does not have to be that way.
There are many things that drive people apart but only one that can bring them together. That one thing is Love. “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”
Jesus taught, “By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Jesus taught this because He knows that love conquers division. Love restores the broken-hearted. Love tears down the wall and builds a bridge. Just as He has loved us, so we should love one another. Only then, when we are motivated by love, will we reflect that which we claim to be – Disciples of Christ.