“Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.” (Genesis 13: 8)
Abram spoke these healing words to his nephew, Lot. There had been some bad blood, it seemed, between these family members and it had set them and those who worked with them at odds. Abram saw through this devilish suggestion of divisiveness. He knew the truth.
They were brethren. And I think this thought went deeper than the sense of their human familial lineage. It was a recognition that this was not a proper way to live as fellow children of God. If they were to continue worshipping their one God, obedience to Him meant an awareness of who they were, who we all are in Truth: God’s children, and therefore family.
We can take this honest stand with God and refuse to allow strife, dissent, blame, vengeance, to keep us from being brothers and sisters. By our forgiveness and our love; by our yielding up our personal biases for the truth of our heritage, we are living in accord with God’s law and with healing results. For when we acknowledge the Truth and live it, we are being ourselves. This is individual freedom and it also brings blessings and peace to all.
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