I love that verse! My 1984 NIV Bible says it this way:
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
The book of Proverbs was written by Solomon who was the son of David. It is a divinely inspired God-breathed book of wisdom on how to live a righteous life. God gave Solomon this wisdom, and God empowered him to write it.
This is the beginning description in the first chapter:
“The Proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
for attaining wisdom and discipline;
for understanding words of insight;
for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life,
doing what is right and just and fair;
for giving prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young.”
You can see how important it is to read the Book of Proverbs. I want to live a life like that, so I read it a lot. Just one of the many wise pieces of advice in the book is the one above about friends and brothers. I didn’t grow up with brothers. I have a younger sister, so I was the protective older brother. Yep, don’t mess with my sister, you got it!
When I received Jesus is when I found my brothers, that is, my spiritual brothers in Christ. I had a bunch of them in college, I have a bunch at church, and I have brothers all over the world that I am meeting for the first time through this blog! One of those brothers lives across the pond from me in the U.K.
He is a strong believer in Jesus and has a mind that can tackle philosophical issues with great intelligence. His writing is superb and his knowledge base in the Bible is strong and sound. We met through my blog, and through email we agreed to read each other’s work. Today I read a 27 page piece he did on a very deep theological question regarding free will and God, and he downloaded my book through my free book promo going on right now on Amazon.
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Okay, back to brothers. This gentleman, who was once unknown to me my entire 40 years on this earth, is now my brother. We were always brothers in Christ. We just never had the chance to meet before. I’ve only known him for a few days and we have emailed a few times back and forth, but he is my brother nonetheless. He is my brother through Jesus and we have the same Holy Spirit inside of us.
My brother is wrestling with some deep theological questions right now that many Christians would probably not even dare to ask. I commend him for asking such tough questions. I myself have asked God hard questions (see my post “Wrestling God“). He has conflicts and questions regarding the Omnipresence of God, the essence of the Trinity, and free will. Yes, heavy stuff. Like I said, he is one smart dude!
He and I agree on the core doctrine of our faith, which is that Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation. We just do not agree on the answers to the specific questions he is asking, but he is my brother, so I want to listen and give a perspective that hopefully helps him in someway. If anything, talking with someone who cares is at least encouraging even if we don’t agree. That is what brothers do. When your brother needs help, the Bible is clear, the wisest thing to do is be there for him. Whether you agree on theological issues or not.
I have many of the same questions and those questions, although different, do not make us any better than the other. We both love Jesus. We both have strong knowledge of the Bible built on years of hard study and dedication. We both are filled with the Holy Spirit because of Jesus, and we are both just as saved as the other.
I am saying this because it was awesome how he and I could talk about deep issues that we disagreed on, and we treated each other with the utmost respect and dignity while doing it. Brother, if you are reading this, you are a true Christian gentleman in every sense of the word. I look forward to reading more of your work!
You know what else is cool?! He has had some of the same supernatural experiences that I have had! I loved that! It makes me feel less lonely in the crazy things I have lived through. He didn’t think I was crazy or weird. He knows its true because he has experienced God in much the same way! So awesome! Isn’t it great when you find somebody who understands? It really is!
If you are a Christian or somebody who has had encounters with the spiritual realm, I would love to talk with you! I know what it is like to carry those kind of memories! You are not alone!
Be there for your brothers and sisters today, and I’m not just talking siblings. My brother and I both lived out Proverbs 17:17 today, and it was great! Thanks for getting my book brother, enjoy! Your essay was written in the humility and love of our Lord Jesus, bless you!
Be respectful to each other, be loving to each other (the 1 Corinthians 13 kind of love), help each other, and learn from each other. Above all, like Proverbs says, love at all times and be there for each other!
Grace and Peace to you all!
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“Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.”
1 Timothy 5:1-2