Focus Scripture: 1 Timothy 5:1-2
My husband talks of growing up with his brother and the things they did to each other. Like the time his brother loosened the nuts on the front wheel of his bike so when my husband went over a jump the wheel came off, and he came down on the forks and ended up going over the handlebars. Or the time my husband used his brother for a target and shot at him with his BB gun while his brother ran back and forth in the barn. Or there was the stabbing incident--although in retrospect, I think they both agree that was an accident.
Somehow, I don't think that's what they mean in 1 Timothy 5 when the author says, "treat younger men as brothers." I think he meant something more along the lines of what my mother meant when she told me it was easier to raise boys (I have all girls) because when boys fight, they fight, but then they get over it.
Be direct. If you have a problem with someone, tell them, not without kindness, but directly. And then get over it and remember you are brothers. I think the same applies between women--we should treat each other directly and with love and get over our differences.
The letter goes on to say how to treat women. Treat older women as mothers, again meaning with respect, and younger women as sisters. How do you treat sisters? Brothers should treat sisters with respect and they look out for them. Not because women can't look out for themselves, but because in the times this letter was written, and to some extent even today, the world is not a fair or safe place for women. But in all things, we are to treat each other with respect.