Hello Everybody! I hope ya’ll are having an awesome fall! I can’t believe how fast time flies! I know a little while back we were asked to talk about sibling relationships. So I’m going to share a couple of my thoughts on the subject. 🙂 Enjoy!
1. Love your siblings with grace (and mercy) 🙂
Now let me explain this one. First of all, your siblings have their faults… BUT SO DO YOU! Getting annoyed at your siblings is easy; however, we are told to love one another. Notice what John 13:34-35 says,
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (ESV)
If we want to shine the light of Christ, as indeed we should, we must have love for one another! This verse proclaims this truth very clearly! So although your siblings can be super annoying, try to remember that they think the same about you. You have faults as well and they know. So let’s act in a manner that would please our Father and show our siblings some grace.
2. They will be with you through the hard and fun times.
Guys, this one is so important! I cannot stress this one enough. You have gone through good times and bad times with your sibs. Your siblings will always be your siblings. Your friends may not always be your friends. If all your friends leave, you will still have your siblings. You share a unique, special, lasting relationship with your siblings that nothing can separate. These are your closest friends in time of need. Your siblings know all the dirty things about you. But hey, they love you anyways. Cherish this! Guys this is special! Don’t waste it!
3. Enjoy it while it lasts.
You may never know just how much you love your siblings until they leave. I’ve learned this and I assume many others have as well. When your oldest siblings go off to college, they’re suddenly… gone. Suddenly, you find you miss their
aggravating kind voice, their noisy cheerful step (which means they’re with you), etc. Something happens that makes you appreciate your sibling no matter their faults. Guys this is precious time. Your childhood is special! You only have one childhood. Don’t waste it! When I think back to long car rides heading to Florida, I remember the packed car and aggravating tones. I also remember love, happy memories, and just being together. It makes me sad when I think, “Someday, this will all be over.” Let’s not brood over the fact that we have the worst siblings. Let’s not roll our eyes when our siblings our aggravating. But instead, let us cherish these precious memories. (even the less than precious) Love your siblings just as your Father in Heaven loves you and you will feel greatly blessed.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends…
(1 Corinthians 13: 4-8, ESV.)
I hope my words gave encouragement to you! Blessings on your sibling relationships,