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“Live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.” 1 Peter 3:8, NIV

Have you ever seen a flock of geese flying in a “V” formation? What a lesson for you and me. When a goose gets sick or wounded, it never falls from the formation by itself. Two other geese fall out of formation with it, and follow the ailing bird to the ground. One of them is usually the mate of the wounded bird, since geese mate for life and are extremely loyal. Once on the ground the healthy birds protect him and care for him as much as possible, even to the point of throwing themselves between the wounded bird and any predator, they stay there until he is either able to fly again, or until he dies. Only then do they leave and rejoin the flock.

That’s what the family of God should be like. Listen again to these words: “Live in harmony; be sympathetic, love as brothers.” Have you ever seen brotherly love in action? My brothers and I fought often when we were growing up. But if someone else touched one of us, they ended up fighting all of us!
When you don’t agree with your brother, don’t tear him down-pray for him; and if he fails, pick him up! Let the world see how much we love one another (see John 13:35).

God help you and I to develop this kind of love and care for each other.