We are our brothers keeper and the fence.


            We are our brothers keeper.

Most of the time when we here this term we think of having to reach into our pockets and give of our hard earned cash and because of our own selfish nature we will hesitate. Sometimes that is true but we can actually destroy our brother who is struggling by a much simpler way or we can edify him the same way. It is called the power of the tongue. If someone ask for financial assistance we will think long and hard before we answer, but if they ask for help in other matters such as emotional problems or are struggling with there faith we will sometimes respond without seeking the Lord’s will. Having lost a son to cystic fibrosis I have experienced this personally. When my two sons were diagnosed with this disease  over 40 years ago the number of people who came to me and said that it must because I had some kind of  sin in my life and that would put me in a battle of unspeakable dimensions, for I had only been a Christian for 2 months when they were diagnosed. And make no mistake when Satan sees an opening he will take full advantage of your plight and send every demon he can to make your battle even worse. But I thank God for the mature believers who would council me with encouragement and assurance. I owe my spiritual life to them. This is why I call my blog “Musings of a Christian while encouraging those that hurt.” I can speak through experience, the tongue has the power to encourage or destroy, and we will give an account of every idle word. Not the words of daily conversations but the words we spoke to the so called unlovable people. Maybe they are of a different race, maybe they are overweight, maybe not as educated as you  or not as “good looking,” or it can sometimes be a collective group as is in the case of bulling. As the apostle James said, “breathren, these things ought not to be. Here is a story that you might have already read pertaining to this.

The Fence

There was a little boy with a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, to hammer a nail in the back fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Then it gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say you are sorry the wound is still there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. Friends are a very rare jewel indeed for they make you smile and encourage you to succeed. Let’s try not to lose one.

Yes we are our brother’s keeper!

As always, feel free to comment and you may share this with anyone.

In Him, Mike


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One Response to We are our brothers keeper and the fence.

  1. Becky Wall says:

    I can totally relate to your comment about how you were told bad things were happening to you because you had sin in your life. When I was facing surgery quite a few years ago now, I had a sister, of all people, tell me that I was having physical problems because I didn’t have enough faith. That hurt to the core. Other Christian friends were telling me it was because I needed to think more positive. It seems when you need encouragement the most, instead you are kicked in the gut. I am sorry to hear that you had to deal with CF with not only one son but two. I am a great believer in encouragement. People hesitate to encourage because they don’t want the other person to get the big head, but instead the person gets discouraged and becomes weaker in the faith or the one offering a talent becomes discouraged and gives up using their talent. I have written about Cain and Abel and also about “Aliens On Our Planet.” It’s always interesting to me to see how someone else perceives the same story or concept as I have written about.

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