Teaching Siblings to Love Each Other
I Peter 2:21-23
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
When they hurled insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.
If you have two children, you will have sibling rivalry at some point in the life of your family. Children are around each other 24/7 and fights, disagreements, jealousy are bound to appear at some point. No mom wants to hear their children fighting. It is stressful and disheartening—we all want our children to love each other and to have a close relationship with each other. How do we teach that to our children?
First off, you lead by example. Your child is not going to listen to you if they don't see you living out what you are teaching, so practice what you preach. Secondly, as always, look to our Lord and Savior Jesus, as your example. Jesus is the perfect example of how to treat others. He did not retaliate, He made no threats—instead He trusted in God, that God would work it all out. If you are a Christian, you have Jesus living inside of you—all of His power, love and self control are IN you, so lean into Him. Teach your children how to do the same.
Can you imagine if even one third of Christian families would start to embrace this way of thinking? We could change the dynamic of our world.
Father, Thank you for sending Your son Jesus as the perfect example of how to love others. God, give me what I need to teach my children and teach me how to rely on Jesus 100% of the time, in my own life. Lord, I acknowledge that I am weak in this area, but I also acknowledge that Jesus is living inside of me and THROUGH Him, I can do all things. Thank you!
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