The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

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04/07/2014

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"Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God" (Rom.15:7).

Maybe one of the most callous questions ever asked by someone was the one uttered by Cain to God after killing his brother Abel. When God asks Cain where his brother is, he returns question for question, and we all know it by heart... "Am I my brother's keeper?" (Gen.4:9). Cain's famous question is one that we should ask ourselves today. The question is actually two-fold... If we answer in the affirmative, which we ought to, the second question comes to the front... "Do we have a responsibility to watch out and care for one another today?" In the first place, it is a command issued by Jesus Himself. "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another" (Jn.13:34). Even though Jesus calls it a new command, in a sense, it had been around for a long time..."Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love you neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord. Keep my decrees" (Lev,19:18-19). A key phrase to guide our way in the New Testament is this one... "One another." I will share some of our responsibilities toward one another, and give the scripture where it is found, For the sake of brevity, I'll only give the scripture. It would be a good idea for us to look at them and meditate upon them... We are to be hospitable to one another (1 Pet.4:8-10). We are to be submitting to one another (Eph.4:32). We are to receive one another (Rom.15:7). We are to consider one another (Hen.10:24). We are to exhort one another (Heb.3:12-13). We are to serve one another (Gal.5:13). We are to be forgiving one another (Eph.4:32). We are to edify one another (Rom.14:19). We are to bear one another's burdens (Gal.6:1-2).... As we look at all of these one another passages, is there any doubt at all about being our brother's keeper? This leads me to another important question which is: How are we doing when it comes to fulfilling our obligations to one another? To stimulate our thinking in this arena, we will take a closer look tomorrow...

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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