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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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October 23, 2012 - Our Brother's Keeper

By Beatrice Northcutt

"He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes" (1 John 2:9-11, KJV).

If you were ever in a well-illuminated room and all the lights went out, you would find yourself groping to find a door, or some way to get the light restored, because the darkness would be overpowering.

Think how powerful hate is! This Scripture tells us if we hate our brother we're in that darkened room groping, and stumbling, because hate blinds our spirits and keeps us from God's loving guidance. Jesus said in John 8:12, "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."

In 1 John 1:7 we read, "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."

Light restores fellowship with our brother, because Jesus is the light and His blood takes away all sin. What a wonderful promise! Contrast that truth with this warning in 1 John 4:20: "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?"

Those of our family (whether our spiritual or natural family) expect us, as Christians, to be different. When we don't show love, it causes the good we speak to fall on deaf ears and we will never win them to the Lord.

On the other hand, when we live with the love of Christ showing through all our relationships, we can live joyfully, we can experience God's daily provision and guidance, and we can draw others into a saving relationship with Christ.

We are our brother's (and sister's) keeper. When we recognize our responsibility, we place ourselves in a position to receive the blessings God desires for us.

— Beatrice Northcutt lives in Independence, Kan.



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