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1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?
10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.
11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;
12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
13 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
Genesis 4:1-13

Sibling rivalry goes back a long way it seems. Cain was jealous of Abel and killed him out of jealousy, Abel had what Cain wanted and Cain, knowing he was wrong, killed him to try to get the blessing and favor that Abel was given.

 

23 And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him;
24 And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.
25 And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
26 And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?
27 Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content.
Genesis 37:23-27

Joseph’s brothers hated him because his father favored him and they were going to kill him, instead after being convinced otherwise, they sold him into slavery. Jealousy, hatred, towards their brother.

A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle. Proverbs 18:19
Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?   Malachi 2:10
But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.   Matthew 5:22
Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.   Mark 13:12
That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.  1 Thessalonians 4:6
Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.   James 4:11
He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.   1 John 2:9

He tells us repeatedly that we should not treat our brothers (literal family members, brothers in Christ and sisters/sisters in Christ as well.) He also tells us how to treat our brothers (and sisters) with love, charity and kindness.

Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.   1 Peter 2:17
And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. 1 John 4:21
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;    Romans 12:10
21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.    Matthew 18:21-22

 

We are instructed to treat our brothers kindly, forgive them, love them and be charitable towards them, not just with money and goods, but with deeds. I wish I could say I have always been a good brother to others. But, I haven’t always been as I should be. I know there are times I have been on the receiving end of that type of treatment as well. We have all been both guilty of wrong treatment and victims of maltreatment. I have forgiven those who did me wrong, I hope that all that I have done wrong have or will forgive me.

 

Lord, I thank You for showing me the lessons I need to learn and for helping me understand You better. I ask in the name of Jesus that You continue to help me grow in Christ. I pray that You help others see Your truths and that they understand where they have faltered in their walk and what they need to do to grow in You also. I ask that You draw u all closer to You and bring us all to where You wish us to be.

 

Amen

 

I appreciate your time and I hope that something that He put on my heart is a blessing to someone. I also hope all are able to be a blessing to others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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