Biblical Brotherhood and Sisterhood

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Who is a brother and a sister?

The third definition from Merriam Webster Dictionary defines a sister as a girl or woman who is a member of a Christian church. And a brother as a male member of a religious group.

Brother and sisters are closely related by blood from the same biological parents. They share the same biological traits/genes which distinguish them from other families. There are some Physiological and Morphological characters that portray them as a member of one family.

Many times, they resemble their parents, they eat from the same pot, sleep together, work together, they tap from the same source, they fight for each other and ensure their dignity and safety before other people. They live in colony, even after marriage, they still intermingle. They don’t joke with their parents and siblings… These are the characters you see most times in biological siblings.

Using this analysis, we relate it to our Biblical brothers and sisters, who share the same blood as Christ’s. God is their father, Heaven their home. Biblical brotherhood and sisterhood involve a relationship devoid of negative attachments. There is absolute interaction, where access to communication is not restricted. It’s devoid of immortality. It’s a situation where the body of Christ come together in perfect unity to achieve a common goal.

Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart (Acts 2:44-46).

The verse above depicts the qualities these men of God demonstrated. This should be the attitudes of Christian brothers and sisters.

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Factors That Promote Brotherhood- Sisterhood Relationship:

1. Close fellowship:
Heb. 10:25 – Do not neglect the gathering of brethren.

2. Praying for one another:
Acts 12:5 – Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.

3. Visitation
Acts 10:24-29 – And the following day they entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them, and had called together his relatives and close friends. As Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him. But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I myself am also a man.”

And as he talked with him, he went in and found many who had come together. Then he said to them, “You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean. Therefore I came without objection as soon as I was sent for.
Visitation strengthens the Christian brotherhood and sisterhood.

Benefits That Comes from Practicing Christian Brotherhood and Sisterhood:
1. Miracles (Acts 4:2-4)
2. Abundance (Acts 2:44)
3. Answered Prayers (Matthew 18:19)
4. Cooperate Anointing (Acts 4:31) etc…