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Opinions of Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Columnist: Dag Heward-Mills

Brotherly kindness is important for a leader

Brotherly Love is the love that a person has for a brother. A leader is usually in diverse relationships that affect different aspects of his work. Brotherly love is the strong affection for another person that rises out of kinship and personal relationships.

Things You Should Know about Brotherly Love

The trait of brotherly love makes you humbly put others before you. This is humility and before honour is humility.
Be kindly affectioned one to another with BROTHERLY LOVE; IN HONOUR PREFERRING one another;

Romans 12:10

Brotherly love is needed to prevent strife between close relations.
And Abram said unto Lot, LET THERE BE NO STRIFE, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdsmen and thy herdsmen; FOR WE BE BRETHREN.

Genesis 13:8

The personal trait of brotherly love causes you to sacrifice yourself for others. Brotherly love causes you to lay down your love for the brethren. People who are sacrificial and lay themselves down for others are often productive.
Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to LAY DOWN OUR LIVES FOR THE BRETHREN.

1 John 3:16

The Mouse, the Chicken, the Pig and the Cow

The chicken, the pig and the cow did not have brotherly love for their fellow farm animals and paid a high price for it.

One day, the farm mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. What food might this contain?” the mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning.

He rushed to the chicken and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Mr. Mouse, what is the meaning of this frenzied outburst? You are talking too much and disturbing our children. We have a job to do on this farm. Honestly, I cannot be bothered by a mousetrap. A mousetrap is no reason for you to disturb the neighbourhood.

The mouse turned to the pig, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The pig sympathized, but said, “I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing anyone can do about it. If you were to eat more and grow bigger you would not be worried about mousetraps. Anyway, be assured that you are in my prayers.”

The mouse then turned to the cow and said, “There is a mousetrap in the house!” The cow said, “Mr. Mouse, pull yourself together! Just be careful when you are walking around and everything will be alright. A mousetrap is not dangerous!”

So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone. None of the other animals had understood his dilemma. None of them really cared.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house – like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake lunged out and bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital where she was treated for snakebite. After three days in the hospital, the farmer’s wife returned home with a persisting fever. Everyone knew that the treatment for fever was fresh chicken soup. The farmer took a decision to give his wife the fresh chicken soup that she needed. He caught the chicken, killed it and made fresh soup for his wife.

The sickness continued, so friends and neighbours came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer decided to serve the guests with pork chops, pork stew, spare ribs and some bacon and sausages. The pig was quickly summoned, slaughtered and converted into these delicacies. In spite of the special treatment and care that the farmer’s wife received, she did not get any better and eventually died.

Many people came for her funeral. The farmer was not expecting so many guests and had to suddenly cater for hundreds of mourners. His relatives asked him to serve the guests with beef stew, steak, khebab and some meatballs. They said to him, “You will be able to buy another cow after the funeral.”

Under pressure from his family, he took the decision to slaughter his cow and serve his funeral guests. The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness. Indeed, the chicken, the pig and the cow never thought that the arrival of the mousetrap to the farm would one day affect them all.

Brotherly love shows concern for others. Brotherly love is when you feel the effect of something that affects your brother. When you have brotherly love you quickly recognize that your brother’s problem is actually your problem. A leader needs wisdom and maturity to realize how another person’s problem eventually affects him.

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