Does it ever seem like it’s harder to get along with your brothers or sisters than anyone else? The little things they say and do bug you, things that might not bother you if your friend did them.
What does God think about that? After all, He wants us to be kind to everyone.
The Bible has lots of stories about siblings that had trouble getting along: Esau and Jacob, Isaac and Ishmael, Rachel and Leah …
God knows that it’s difficult to be kind sometimes, and He always forgives us for our bad attitudes when we ask Him to.
One of the best things we can do when we are having trouble getting along with our brothers and sisters is read God’s word. Here are a couple verses to help you. (The first one, my mom made my sisters and me memorize when we were little and got in arguments!)
“So Abram said to Lot, ‘Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me … for we are close relatives.’ “ (Genesis 13:8).
“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
life forevermore” (Psalm 133:1, 3).
How do you think God feels when you argue and fight with your brothers and sisters? What can you today to be kind to them?