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“I Am Your Brother” – (An Anniversary Re-Post From 2009)

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December 2014 celebrates the fifth birthday of The Ballestero Blog. In memory of this anniversary, a popular post will be showcased from each year. From December 2009:

“I Am Your Brother”

Psa 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

(An open letter dedicated to promoting better understanding among brethren in the local church. In the following list are some things that your “brother” has often, no doubt, wanted to tell you…. but was afraid!)

 

Dear Brother:

We really didn’t have any choice. God somehow in His wise providence, has chosen to put us together, for our mutual benefit. I am your brother. Here is a list of things that have been bothering me. I plead for your understanding.

1. I have problems within myself. I know it and I don’t like it either. Be patient please. I am your brother. I am still working on myself. Thanks for your tolerance.

2. In recognizing my own problems, and knowing how much I loathe them, I know they must bother you and others too. Please bear with me while I’m trying to get the victory over myself. Just like I am bearing with you.

3. It frustrates me too that I’m not perfect. I want to be. That’s my prayer.

4. Sometimes it frustrates me that you’re not perfect…. but that’s when I remember, I’m still your brother!

5. There are so many good qualities in you. I gain strength from them all. I just hope that some of my good qualities can also be seen.

6. I hate the fact that Satan tries to capitalize on our shortcomings and magnify them in the eyes of others. My hope is that you’ll be able to see the good in me and not just my faults.

7. Thank you for respecting my feelings even when you didn’t understand them. (Sometimes I don’t understand my own feelings either.) I wish to make every effort to respect yours too. I am your brother.

8. I guess I’ve wanted to put you into my mold and make you exactly like I wanted you to be. That just doesn’t work. Neither can I fit into your mold.

9. As my brother, I allow you the liberty to pick friends of your own choosing, and have good times with them, (even without me), and not be resentful or jealous.

10. Likewise, I may choose some friends and occasionally be with them. From time to time I’d like to have fun and fellowship with them and not worry about slighting you.

11. However, you are welcome wherever I am. Don’t ever feel you are ever intruding. And please don’t “hang back” if you weren’t personally invited by me to join the crowd. You belong also. You’re my brother. Your friendship is highly valued and enjoyed. There will always be room for you in my world.

12. Thank you for the security I feel between us. Even if we haven’t talked for a while, when we do, it is a comfortable conversation and picks right back up where we left off. I like that.

13. Those you love can hurt you the most. Let’s be careful in our treatment of each other, lest we do irreparable damage to ourselves. We must never grieve the Holy Ghost to the point that we’re both damaged, bitter or lost.

14. Let’s not have a “hot and cold” relationship that changes with the weather. We need to be able to count on each other. Brethren are supposed to have the next-to-the-closest relationship in the world. Only Jesus is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. I am going to stick by you. I am your brother.

15. I pledge to defend your name and honor during your absence. I am your brother.

16. Likewise, I know that I can depend on you to do the same for me.

17. As long as there are people, there will be rumors, criticisms, remarks, opinions and second-guessing. When my back is turned, you are my only defense. I need you to watch my back, as I will watch and guard yours. You can trust me. I am your brother.

18. I love you brother! Not just because I must love you, but I really want to love you!! (If I say I love God and don’t love you, I am called a liar)

1 John 4:20-21 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

19. Brother, if you see me and can tell that I have a problem, don’t go tell the world, help me. Don’t be afraid. God put you in my life to help me make it.

Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness: considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

20. Brother, I “prefer you”. I pray for your success and blessing. I pray that all your efforts receive due honor. (Without my harboring any jealousy or envy.)

Rom 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love: In honor preferring one another.

Please!! Should I ever be blessed or promoted above my fellows, it would kill me to think my brother was jealous. I want to prefer you. I want to be happy at your successes. So please be happy at mine. I am your brother. We’re on the same team.

21. It is God’s will that the law of kindness guide us in our relationship. He wills that we be kind to each other.

2 Peter 1:5-8 And besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to your virtue brotherly kindness, for if these things be in you and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I can’t thank you enough for your kindnesses, nor can I tell you how much I truly appreciate them.

22. Brother, God won’t hear my prayer if I’ve got something in my heart against you! If I ever need to ask forgiveness or apologize, please forgive me. And then don’t crucify me and alienate me because I was conscientious. Realize we’re both just two brothers trying to be saved.

I Love You Man!!

(Now let’s have revival!)

Written by Martyn Ballestero

December 5, 2014 at 9:41 am

Posted in Brotherhood, Love

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  1. Little Fox? Stumbling Block? UN-Forgiveness
    Thank You Jesus for the mirror your Spirit puts in My face.
    Thank You Jesus for the Family of Adam.

    Wyatt

    December 5, 2014 at 2:38 pm

  2. From Wikipedia,

    For other uses of Clan(s), see Clan (disambiguation).

    Social and cultural anthropology ;

    A clan is a group of people united by actual or perceived kinship and descent. Even if lineage details are unknown, clan members may be organized around a founding member or apical ancestor. The kinship-based bonds may be symbolical, whereby the clan shares a “stipulated” common ancestor that is a symbol of the clan’s unity.

    There are unfortunate divisions across Apostolic Pentecost in todays world. These divisions in my opinion would be helped much by the things you wrote Elder. Somewhere back in the clans history there is a Figure of an Elder that stood for truth and we have all gravitated around that man. The set of detailed beliefs has a somewhat dividing feature, like we want to defend the differences we have with each other. If any from another Clan wants to associate or fellowship it is very hard. Those of that clan become very exclusive.

    There are so many great Patriarchs of the Apostolic faith, and many that are still alive amongst the Strong that have not wavered. Why are there divisions among us? It is Not the Elders that are doing this, its coming from “helpers” or the younger men that say I am from Paul or I am from Apollos. This is just my opinion.

    Back in my own family history, we come from great and not so great.. Baughman, Cox, and Mallory are my family lineage on my mothers side, with many preachers among them. The Baughman’s’ are a proud group in a godly way while the Cox are from the lows of life, and the Mallory’s’ are honorable people. But class has separated us all. My father comes from simple Mexican migrant folk.

    In the natural we separate on class, but in the spiritual we are also separated on class. We hold High the riches of doctrine passed on from our Elder Patriarch unto division. What is interesting to me is that listening to old messages and seeing fliers from old meetings Our Patriarchs were all there TOGETHER, Preaching the same meetings or in attendance. I wonder if we could all get together again? What great things the Unity of Strong, Stout, and Conservative Pentecost could accomplish if we would not highlight our slight differences. What revival that would be. After all we brag on old-time Pentecost do we really want that?

    There’s a message preached at Elder Cavaness’s by Elder Pope called “Things I wish I hadn’t learned”
    If I could go back to the days I didn’t know so much, I was new and on fire, loved Jesus and EVERYBODY.

    Thanks Elder,
    The word of the Lord is Good.

    Young J.A.Perez

    December 5, 2014 at 3:22 pm


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