Being A Brother Or Sister

Being A Brother Or Sister By Kirk Hunt

A friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 17:17 NKJV

Too often folks use the labels “brother” or “sister” loosely.  To me, it is a very serious commitment.  You should be prepared to shoulder any adversity, hardship or risk for a real brother or sister.  That is what Scripture commands.

 

My friend called from two counties over.  I had to borrow a truck.  I paid a lot for gasoline.  He needed me.  Of course I was going to help him.

 

Do you stand with your kindred during difficulties and storms?  Do you go the extra mile to help or comfort your kith and kin?  Supporting from the living room couch is easy.  Supporting in the stinging rain and lashing wind is more difficult.

 

Real love is a choice.  Too often, that choice involves inconvenience, difficulty and sacrifice.  Are you ready to bring it where it is needed?  Being involved is not always enough.  Real love requires real commitment. 

 

Real commitment acts, despite the difficulties and obstacles.  Faithful men and women love enough to run in when everyone else is walking out.  Closeness matters most when the tears are falling and the hearts are breaking.

 

I pray you are the stand-up brother or sister that someone else can rely on.  Sooner or later, everyone needs the help and ministry of a brother/sister born for adversity.  You were born to help.

 

Think:        God does not always send angels.  Sometimes, He sends me.

 

Pray:           “Lord, help me be a real friend and a true brother or sister in Christ.”

 

Copyright © March 2017, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

 

Born For Adversity

Born For Adversity By Kirk Hunt

A friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 17:17 NKJV

I have complained that my siblings do not gather well.  A breakfast or lunch for the pleasure of their company is a labored exercise in logistics and scheduling.  On the other hand, they appear instantly if there is trouble or adversity.

I pray your life consists of smooth waters and gentle breezes.  I would prefer you never need help or assistance.  More likely, you know that even God’s favorites can experience raging storms and violent winds.

It is when adversity batters you hardest that true friends and faithful brothers are revealed.  You may have to pick up the phone and ask for their support.  Their response may start with an awkward silence.  Perhaps their response will begin with hesitant stuttering.

You will know before the end.  The fair-weather posers will disappear.  Your real kith and kin will be revealed, standing at your side.  Those who refuse to leave until they know you are okay are the best of the lot.

God does not always send angels.  Sometimes He sends folks you did not know were watching or cared.  Not even the pelting rain and howling winds of the worst circumstances can drive off true friends or faithful family.

Be certain that God has appointed men and women, boys and girls, to love you in sincerity and faithfulness.  They will not abandon you in adversity.  In the choice between the pleasant lunch or the difficult lurch, I’m certain you know when it is best that they show up. 

Think:        God has surrounded me with true friends and faithful family.

Pray:           “Lord, if You do not send angels, please send true friends and faithful family.”

 

Copyright © March 2017, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is brought to you courtesy of CadreMen Press.  You can purchase a copy of Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals For Gospel Champions from your favorite bookseller or directly from CadreMen Press.

Peace In Your City

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Peace In Your City By Kirk Hunt

 

And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace.

 Jeremiah 29:7 NKJV

 

How is the peace in your city? Is the place where you live quiet and tranquil like Mayberry? Or is your town a lot rougher around the edges?

 

Jeremiah was talking to the nation of Judah. Captive in Babylon, God’s people wanted freedom. Instead they received instructions from God to benefit their conquerors.

 

I pray your circumstances are much different, and exactly the same. God has set you where you are, to bring His Kingdom to that place. Not just through faithful prayer, but also through faith-fueled work.

 

Your “city” may be a municipality, but it could also be a workplace. Your neighborhood is a city that could use some peace. I suspect your (extended) family would cheerfully take all the peace you can bring inside its borders.

 

If your current place and space is not your natural culture, you will have to pray hard and work tirelessly. The more hostile the inhabitants, the more you will have to love then pray. God intends for you to be the change agent that place needs.

 

Your job is to transform everything around you. Pour His grace, power and light into your city until you have completely won it over. In doing so, His grace, power and light will benefit you in ways you have not dreamed.

 

Think:            God has assigned me to bring peace to my city.

 

Pray:               “Lord, help me to bring peace to my city.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2014, Kirk Hunt

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