What Does the Bible Say About Helping Your Brother?


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Am I my brother's keeper?

The Bible speaks about Cain and Abel who were brothers. After Cain had murdered his brother Abel, God asked him where his brother was. Cain answered, “I know not; am I my brother's keeper?”

  • Cain's words have come to symbolize people's unwillingness to accept responsibility for the welfare of their fellow brothers.
  • God has wanted us to get involved and helping one another. In Genesis 14:14-16, Abram acts at once to rescue his nephew Lot when Lot is imprisoned.

    In a letter to the Christians in Corinthians, the Apostle Paul discusses the importance of helping without judgment. God is the only judge. 1 Corinthians 4:5 says, "It is the Lord who judges me." We do not have the option of refusing our brother help based on our own judgment of his or her character.

    Good Samaritan

    A compassionate person who unselfishly helps others.

    In one of the parables of Jesus, the only one of several passersby to come to the aid of a Jew who had been robbed, beaten, and left to die on the roadside. The kindness of the Samaritan was particularly admirable because Jews and Samaritans (people of Samaria) were generally enemies. Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan to answer a man who had asked him, “Who is my neighbor?” He forced his questioner to admit that the Samaritan was the true neighbor of the man who had been robbed.

    Love thy neighbor as thyself

    And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment

    And the second is like, (namely) this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.






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