This famous quote is from the Bible. When God asks Cain where his brother is, whom Cain has just killed, he asks "Am I my brother's keeper?"
Today my partner Frank and I argued about this because he said the answer was no. He said we should just mind our own business. But I believe the answer is yes. In my heart I know were are meant to watch out for each other.
Then God stepped in to prove my point and open Frank's eyes. We had just gotten home from shopping and the custodian burst through the door saying he had just been fired. This guy was a friend of ours and Frank was devastated. He encouraged me to call my son Karl, who is a paralegal who helps people sliding scale. So the custodian is talking to Karl who needs some money to pay the rent and I just smiled at Frank. He apologized and gave me a hug.
Still, while we are meant to watch out for each others whenever we can we are not asked to do so at our own expense. God does not expect us to help in a codependent way (too much). I say this because for years I loved to much and took this call to be our brother's keeper to he extreme. I spent all my money supporting me just to honor this Christian ideal. But then I learned about the middle ground. Please note that the Bible says "love our neighbor, AS we love ourselves. We do not let people take advantage of us or use us all the time.