He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother

Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

In 1924, the first editor of Kiwanis Magazine, Roe Fulkerson, wrote of an encounter with "a spindly and physically weak lad" carrying a smaller child and "staggering towards a neighboring park. ‘Pretty big load for such a small kid’ I said as I met him. ‘Why, mister,’ he smiled, ‘He ain't heavy; he's my brother."

This experience has moved into American lore as the ideal example of brotherly love. In this verse it is this love between brothers, and sisters that we are encouraged to weave into the fabric of our Christian relationships.

It is clear that not all brothers share such a bond… but we who are the children of our heavenly father should nourish our love for each other. When an ancient Greek scholar was writing on this word he explained that this type of love is first given to us by our parents. They made us brothers. All faithful parents encourage their children to love each other. And if the siblings nourish this love they will, for the rest of their lives, find a fulfillment… a union with each other that will provide strength and peace as their days pass by. He also said that children who love each other honor their parents by that love, and in that love their parents seem ever present even after death.

It is the same with our spiritual family. God our Father has made us a family, and throughout scripture He encourages our love for each other. When we love each other we honor Him and He is present in our love…


  1. Thank you for this commentary. It made for a good devotional for the boys. -Hassan Shaer

  2. Iam inspired by this phrase "He ain't heavy, his my brother" as it reminds me of my upbringing (the hard times) in the late sixties & seventies with the song made famous by the Hollies, it always brings tears to my eyes.

    Hohola, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea



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