The Brotherly Covenant
David, the Psalmist said, I hide thy Word in my heart, that I might not sin against God. This is the key that David used to keep himself from evil. Today most are lacking that pure seed, which is the Word of God, hid in their heart. This lack of the anointing, which is truth, is demonstrated in the lives of proclaiming Christians today and evident by a lack of resolve to turn from evil. As it is written, "because sin shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold". Today, this coldness among Christians has destroyed many. It is written, "the world shall know you are my disciples by your love one for another". Those who consider the way of truth in Jesus, continue, with valid reasons, to reject Jesus, because of the lack of love among proclaiming Christians.
In the Bible, 1Samuel 18:1-4 gives an account of this brotherly covenant between David and Jonathan. It says, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. Then Jonathan, the son of King Saul, and David made a covenant, because Jonathan loved David as his own soul. What did Jonathan do to demonstrate that love? First he stripped himself of his robe and gave it to David. Jonathan was a prince, David was just a shepherd boy. Jonathan was great in the eyes of all of Israel, that is why he had that robe to begin with. Jonathan stripped himself of his greatness and gave it to David. Second, he gave David his garments. His garments covered his nakedness, now David could see his nakedness, he could see what Jonathan really looked like when he wasn't dressed up in his garments. Jonathan gave David his clothing so he could be covered. Jonathan gave David his sword and bow, what he used to fight with, and gave David even his girdle. Jonathan loved David by demonstration and not by talk.
If any man claims to know God and loves not his brother, he is a liar and the truth is not in him, for the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost. Any man that refuses to obey and adhere to these words, cannot know God, for God is love. How can a man love God, whom he has not seen, when he cannot love his brother whom he has seen. It is written, "he that knows to do good and does it not, to him it is sin". I give you the same phrase in a different, but valid light, "he that knows to do good to his brother and does it not, has not loved that brother and does not love God either". Little children, if you sin, you have an advocate with the Father, if you confess your sin and turn from that sin, your sins will be as far as east is from west, in the memory of God. If you do not confess and turn from that sin, the judgement of a righteous God is at your door. Be not deceived, he who sins is of the Devil, and including he who does not love his brother. Without this burned into your heart, you will never see love, truth, righteousness or God!
God's people shall be known by their love one for another, yet to be manifested on the earth!
Many claim the use of the word "love", but the only love that is everlasting, is God's love. Before we can tell others or agree ourselves to love each other, it is needed that love be clearly defined. It is easy for one to accuse another of lack of love, but it takes wisdom to judge righteously. The Devil is the accuser of the brethren, but God is a righteous judge. Many are the accusations of the Devil in the process of destroying the people of God, but few judge righteously. Jesus said I judge not, but the Word judges. In the pursuit of righteous judgements people must not judge, but the Word must do the judging. It is impossible to judge righteously without the Word in our hearts and it is impossible to recognize that truth unless the people love truth more than lies.
Partiality in judgement is a great evil today among proclaiming Christians. Being partial to one brother over another is equal to bearing false witness, lying! God loves the stranger and says, "be careful how you treat strangers, for some have entertained angels". And who amongst yourselves, are you forced to show partiality to? Who else but your pastor or him who is your leader in the church! Shameful! I thought the one that was to be greatest among you, was to be your servant? Yet you are forced to serve with the sins and justify the sins of your leaders or you yourself will be lied about, treated shamefully and forced to leave those you thought were your brothers and sisters in the Lord! Make no mistake, this brotherly covenant is not for the lover of Babylon. Babylon is a place of tyrannical rule where brotherly love is rarely allowed, much less brotherly covenant. If you want to take hold of this covenant, then you must come out from amongst them that love Babylon and be ye separate.
Loving your fellow neighbor in Christ must be and needs to be stated as follows: Doing everything and all you can do to accomplish good in your neighbor's life with RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT. The world's love says "judge not", God's love says "judge righteously". The world's love says "go be at peace and be filled", God's love says "come be at peace and I will give to you what you have need of". The world's judgement says, "do what I say, not what I do", God's righteous judgement says, "come let us reason together, thou your sins be as scarlet, they shall be whiter than snow". An unrighteous judge says, "I am a great man and you are a little nobody! You do what I say and don't talk about right and wrong with me! I am big and you are small, so obey me!" God, the righteous judge, pleads his case and reasons with those he loves. He expects his children to obey him because they love light rather than darkness, because God is right and he has powerful reasons to prove it. God is reasonable, the unrighteous judge does not need reasoning, he has power and uses that power to oppress the poor and needy, even when they speak truth!
Brothers, the former paragraph is so important in the pursuit of love, please meditate on the following scriptures:
Psalms 10:17-18, Psalms 43:1, Psalms 58:1-5, Psalms 68:4-6, Psalms 72:2-7,
Psalms 82:1-4, Proverbs 31:8-10, Isaiah 1:17&23, Isaiah 11:2-4.
BROTHERS, THERE IS NO BROTHERLY LOVE OR BROTHERLY COVENANT, OUTSIDE OF RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE JUDGE WITH GODLY REASONING, IN GODLY FEAR, KNOWING THAT A RIGHTEOUS GOD WILL JUDGE US ACCORDINGLY.
THE FATHERLESS SAY "JUDGE NOT!" AND GOD SAYS "JUDGE RIGHTEOUSLY!"
I find it disturbing how proclaiming Christians of this day, refuse Godly reasoning. They say, let's not argue, we can just agree to disagree, don't reason with me about issues, that is just bickering. Let me interpret what people are really saying here: "let's not argue" means - I don't have the desire or patience to talk to you about this issue. "We can just agree to disagree" means - we do agree that we cannot get along, so you go your way and I'll go mine and pretend that we truly love each other. Have you noticed that the people that tell you "we can agree to disagree" aren't inviting you over to their house for dinner to celebrate the agreeing about disagreeing? Have you noticed that they are not pursuing friendship with you? Brothers, this is truly a bunch of hypocritical double talk! I would much rather harsh truth, than soft lies, how about you? Knowing the truth about God's Word, sets us free to know God, knowing the truth in relationships with each other, sets us free to know and love each other, demonstrating our love for God. Brothers that truthfully reason together, stay together, because faithful are the wounds of a friend!
A covenant is an agreement before God, in the eyes of witnesses. It is written - "let your nay, be nay and your yea, be yea". Let your mouth speak truth and not lies. All liars shall have their part in the lake of fire as it is written. Love no false oath and understand that God HATES divorce. Divorce is the breaking of a covenant. Please understand that marriage is only ONE covenant before the Lord and is not the greatest of covenants. God hates the breaking of any covenant and sees no difference between breaking the wedding covenant between a man and woman, and man breaking the covenant with his God and brothers. Those who only see significance in the wedding covenant, which is an earthly covenant, have demonstrated their carnality. It is written, "he who minds the things that are carnal, are carnal and he who minds the things that are spiritual are spiritual. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life in Christ Jesus".
Those who seek to gain their lives, shall loose them, and those that seek to loose their lives for the sake of Christ and the brethren, shall gain their lives. Any man that has forsaken his carnal life, wife, children, careers and money for the sake of Christ, shall in no way loose his reward. There is wisdom needed here and in no way do I condone a man that refuses to work to support his family. Any forsaking of a man's life must be for the sake of Christ and the brethren, not in word only, but in deed. Brothers must stick together on these issues and be careful to judge by the Word of God with great fear and trembling. How many, many families and lives have been destroyed in the hands of wicked judgements and false brothers. Be not quick to judgement as the fools are, but be slow to judgement and anger, patiently enduring and waiting before the Lord, meditating upon his Word, entering into judgement slowly and in the fear of a righteous God. Should you judge unrighteously, you have no excuse. If any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God who gives to all men liberally. Men who are guilty of unrighteous judgement, shall be judged unrighteously. I repeat, judge in the fear and wisdom of a righteous God.
MY COVENANT WITH MY BROTHERS BEFORE GOD
I make a covenant this day and reaffirm my on going covenant this day, before God, in the presence of witnesses. I shall love my brother as my own soul. If I have any good thing that my brother needs, I will give to him as I would to my own self. Nothing shall separate my brother and I from the love of God, shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost. If my brother sins against me and repents from that sin, I will give him unlimited forgiveness and will remember his sin no more. With the same capacity God forgives me, I will forgive my brothers. As God has made a covenant with me by sacrifice, I make a covenant with him and my brothers, by sacrifice of my own self, holy and acceptable unto God. If my brother sins and does not repent, I will reason with him day after day, as long as he will reason with me. I will ask other brothers to get involved in an attempt to save my brother from destruction. After I have done all that I can possibly do to save my brother and he still does not repent, he has then broken the covenant and is to be considered an unbeliever from that time on, until he repents and returns, then shall the prodical son be received back with great joy!
I shall never rule my brothers by the means of the arm of flesh, such as political, social or physical power, but by faithfully reason with him, pleading the cause of the Lord and the truth shall make him free and not in bondage to anyone or anything. I shall not hold my brothers to a standard that is scripturally questionable, such as questionable issues of the law and how they are to be carried out. I agree that the very highest commandment of the law is love for God and my brothers. Loving God and loving brothers are one in the same, you cannot have one without the other. I shall not become involved in questionable disputes with my brothers, but I shall patiently contend with them for the unshakable truth of God's Word.
I shall love my brother, in the name of Jesus, to bring Glory to his Name and to show Jesus to all! AMEN!
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