So I was doing a word/bible study the other week about brothers. And this is what I came up with.
In 1 John 4:20-21 it says “If anyone says ‘I love God’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.” (emphasis added) It basically says if you don’t love your brother (doesn’t matter if it’s your older brother or your younger brother) it is IMPOSSIBLE to love God. And if you love God, you must love your brother. So in order to be 1. a good brother and 2. a Christian, you must love both God and your brother.
In Proverbs 17:17 (NIV) it says “A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” This means a true friend will love you for ever and a brother will be with you through everything. Brothers are your best friends and will always have your back.
Psalms 133:1 says “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” There is so much verses in the Bible saying how good it is when brothers get a long. It is very easy to see how much God loves it when brothers are united.
But then Proverbs 18:19 says “A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.” If you offend your brother, he won’t forget it and will not forgive you for a while. Trust me I know. He will put up a barrier or a wall so you can’t argue. It is very hard to break the barriers and very hard to end a fight with a brother. So this verse is a warning to watch what you say and how you act so you don’t offend or fight with your brother.
This is what I found and it has seriously made me think and grow to be a better brother.