Lenten Devotional for March 9

Am I My Brother’s Keeper

Genesis 4:1-16devoShepherd

The LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” Cain said, “I don’t know. Am I my brother’s guardian?”
—Genesis 4:9


After Cain killed Abel, God asked, “Where is your brother Abel?” Cain responded with sarcasm: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” For us, the question is genuine. Are we responsible for the people around us? To an extent, the answer is yes. Jesus reached out to his neighbors, healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind, raising the dead to life. Was it Jesus’ responsibility to approach them and to ease their suffering? We may not have the power to drive out demons; but we are blessed with the ability to form friendships, and we are called to be responsible for other people. When we see our brothers or sisters struggling, we are called to reach out to them. We can talk to those who are lonely, let friends know if they are making a bad decision, build people up instead of tearing them down. Our friendship can influence their lives in positive ways.
—Raeann Dalton*


Lord, help me to guide people in ways that lead them closer to you.


Who can you offer a positive word or lend a helping hand to this week?

Credits: *From devozine, the devotional lifestyle magazine for teens. January/February 2015. Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

This and the other devotionals for this Lenten Series can be found at the following link: http://www.thegodwecanknow.com/category/50-devotions/page/2/.