The Good Older Brother

Have you ever accused or judged another person without knowing the whole story, or without knowing them at all?  This behavior results from our own insecurities or pride.  The older brother refused to call the prodigal “brother,” and referred to him as “that son of yours.”  He was indulging himself as the good brother to pass judgment on the prodigal, a trap in which many good Christians fall.  He then accused his brother of spending his money on prostitutes, which had never been mentioned before.  Many times we look down on those who haven’t kept their reputations as clean as our own.  Or we falsely accuse others to make ourselves appear better.  Sometimes we can’t overlook a person’s sin, though they may have given evidence of repentance.  Pride is underlying these attitudes.  This brother even boasted of his own goodness.  Maybe you grew up in church, became a Jesus-follower at a young age, and don’t have a colorful story of sin. You have no room to boast but much for which to be thankful.  We think too highly of ourselves if we can’t receive and love people the same way God has loved us- unconditionally!

Read:  Luke 18:9-14; 1 Corinthians 13:3-7; Galatians 5:13-26

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