Relationships are built on trust, and the strongest relationships are forged over time. It’s common knowledge that a trust that is built over a lifetime can be broken in a minute, and once broken, it can be very hard to mend.
A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city.- Bible or Not?
A “brother” in the spiritual sense is someone with whom you have a kindred spirit, someone you have a strong relationship with, a special bond, someone you can trust. According to the Bible, a friend loves at all times but a brother is born for adversity – someone who will go through thick and thin for you. Have you ever had a falling out with someone you had called brother or sister? And have you been able to repair the breach?
Today’s quote about “a brother offended” is Bible, found in the book of Proverbs 18:19. Jesus teaches us that if our “brother” offends us that we should immediately forgive – and when pressed by Peter asking, “what if our brother offends us 7 times?”, He responded that even if our brother offends us 7 times 70 (yes, 490) that we should forgive.
As Christians we should always strive to be at peace with our brothers and sisters, and those around us. Yet, it can be difficult to mend even the smallest of offenses. If we are the offending party we need to be aware that if we have broken the trust of another that we will need to work long and hard to regain it – it may be harder to win them back than to take a strong city. And if we are the one offended, let’s forgive even as God has forgiven us for Christ’s sake. If a loved one is looking for a way back, let’s not make the way so hard.
Here are some related quotes about brothers and friends:
“An injured friend is the bitterest of foes“. – Thomas Jefferson
“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye”? – Matthew 7:3 NJKV
“For he today who sheds his blood with me shall be my brother”. – William Shakespeare – Henry V
“He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him”. – 1 John 2:10 NKJV
“Help thy brother’s boat across, and Lo! Thine own has reached the shore”. – Hindu Proverb
“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity”! – 20 1 Psalm 133:1 NIV
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. – Proverbs 17:17 NKJV