Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sibling Rivalry

When we look at the stories in the bible, there are a couple that really actuate the rivalry between siblings and the danger of it. I must say here, the enemy finds the weakest point in any relationship to inject his poison. You see this in the sons of Adam and Eve, Cain and Able. The brothers that were  jealous of their brother Joseph, they sold him into slavery. Some of  David's children acted out horrible things to one another. So you can see by these stories this behavior has been going on since biblical times. We have to teach each one of our children that each of them bring something to the family table. And that if that value is missing or one is not being themselves because of constant bickering and fighting, it leaves a gap in the family unit and makes it weak and wide open for the devil to have a playground full of players. Build each member of your family up. Do not draw comparisons to them. "Well your brother does it this way, why can't you?" Horrible to do. And pray the mother or father's prayer that the heart heals if things do happen. A child must grow with confidence and trust. These qualities can sometimes be missed. We have a God of second chances we have to ask him for forgiveness and forgive ourselves and move on. Jesus died erasing the guilt and shame of any circumstance.
Mark 11:25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."

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