Brotherhood and sisterhood in Christ


         Brotherhood  and sisterhood is close friendship, is a body of people associated for a common purpose or interest. We came to love one another as brothers and sisters.


          Helping others is a gift God placed in each of us, that we might be a light unto humanity to steer people to God. Also, to be an agent of healing in people’s lives.You find a lot of brokenhearted people outside the church. But tragically, there are many Christians who sit next to you in church each week whose hearts are breaking, although they may paste smiles on their faces. Be sensitive to God’s spirit. Ask God to lead you to people who are hurting, even though they try to appear as if they’re fine. Not only will you be helping someone else, but you can grow spiritually.


          God is aware of the pain and hurt we experience. His desire is that we bring every emotional, spiritual, physical and mental hurt to Him. Matthew 11:28Matthew 11:28
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

28 Venid a mí todos los que estáis trabajados y cargados, y yo os haré descansar.r

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reads: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” God wants us to rest in Him. To rest in God we must release all hurt, pain, worries, anxieties, past and present to Him. This requires us to trust Him.


          The gospels are filled with stories of Jesus helping and healing brokenhearted, sick or afflicted people. They knew Jesus not only as Redeemer but also as Healer. His ministry was one that continually dealt with hurting people.


          I think of families dealing with a wayward son or daughter, or perhaps one who is betrayed by an unfaithful spouse, or rejected by family because of holding to the faith of Christ. We can add to the list those suffering because they are lonely or feel no one really cares about them. The suffering list seems endless. So many people hurting and sitting next to you.


          You don’t need to have the answers to pray with and encourage hurting people as they make hard decisions. We must help with any needs we can. James says in chapter 2 that if we do nothing when we can help, our faith is worthless. James again tells us that the “effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16James 5:16
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

16 Confesaos vuestras ofensas unos a otros y orad unos por otros, para que seáis sanados.ñ La oración eficaz del justo puede mucho.

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). To be an intercessor for others to the Lord is a great privilege and honor.


          People need people. And we need one another even more in times of difficulty. We need to reach out and touch one another in some meaningful way when trouble comes. Luke 10:33-37Luke 10:33-37
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

33 Pero un samaritano que iba de camino, vino cerca de él y, al verlo, fue movido a misericordia.z 34 Acercándose, vendó sus heridas echándoles aceite y vino,a lo puso en su cabalgadura, lo llevó al mesón y cuidó de él. 35 Otro día, al partir, sacó dos denarios,b los dio al mesonero y le dijo: “Cuídamelo, y todo lo que gastes de más yo te lo pagaré cuando regrese”. 36 ¿Quién, pues, de estos tres te parece que fue el prójimoc del que cayó en manos de los ladrones? 37 Él dijo: --El que usó de misericordia con él.d Entonces Jesús le dijo: --Ve y haz tú lo mismo.

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“But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ’Look after him,’ he said, ’and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ ‘Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?’ The expert in the law replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him.’ Jesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.’


          The need to minister to the hurting is great. As we look around our friends, churches and families, we see hurting people everywhere. While we can’t do everything, we can all do something to show the love of Christ through our lives to those who are hurting. Who can you help and minister to today? 


Someone once said, “We are never so much like Christ as when we serve.”  


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