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    Sunday, 22 October 2017

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional October 23, 2017 — Brother to Brother

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional

    Topic: Brother to Brother


      October 23, 2017

    Read: Genesis 33:1–11 | Bible in a Year: Jeremiah 1–2; 1 Timothy 3

    A new command I give you: Love one another. John 13:34
    OUR Daily Bread Devotional

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional

    My brother and I, less than a year apart in age, were quite “competitive” growing up (translation: we fought!). Dad understood. He had brothers. Mom? Not so much.

    Our story could have fit in the book of Genesis, which might well be subtitled A Brief History of Sibling Rivalry. Cain and Abel (Gen. 4); Isaac and Ishmael (21:8–10); Joseph and everyone not named Benjamin (ch. 37). But for brother-to-brother animosity, it’s hard to beat Jacob and Esau.

    A new command I give you: Love one another. John 13:34
    Esau’s twin brother had cheated him twice, so he wanted to kill Jacob (27:41). Decades later Jacob and Esau would reconcile (ch. 33). But the rivalry continued on in their descendants, who became the nations of Edom and Israel. When the people of Israel prepared to enter the Promised Land, Edom met them with threats and an army (Num. 20:14–21). Much later, as Jerusalem’s citizens fled invading forces, Edom slaughtered the refugees (Obad. 1:10–14).

    Happily for us, the Bible contains not just the sad account of our brokenness but the story of God’s redemption as well. Jesus changed everything, telling His disciples, “A new command I give you: Love one another” (John 13:34). Then He showed us what that means by dying for us.

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional

    As my brother and I got older, we became close. That’s the thing with God. When we respond to the forgiveness He offers, His grace can transform our sibling rivalries into brotherly love.

    Lord, we invite You to transform our relationships with Your healing love.

    Sibling rivalry is natural. God’s love is supernatural.

    INSIGHT
    Over twenty “one another” statements in the New Testament call us to focus on the needs of others. We are challenged to love, pray for, serve, comfort, and forgive one another.

    This week, will you watch for ways to extend love and grace to others through His Spirit?

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