growing up together
August 7, 2017


By: Bethany Acker [Plover, WI]

It’s Friday night and you want to go out; but your brother beat you to it,

asking permission to go out with his friends before you did. Now you are stuck at home, watching your baby sisters while your brother gets to have some fun. Frustrated, you say to yourself, I wish I were an only child. But do you mean that?

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.
Ephesians 4:32 (NRSV)

God gave us the gift of siblings. Yes, having brothers who tease us and know exactly how to get their way can be frustrating. Sisters can sometimes annoy us even more as they fight with us, steal our clothes, or try to be just like us. Still, siblings are a blessing. The bond we have with our brothers and sisters is something to be cherished. Let’s work hard to keep it strong by loving our brothers and sisters, doing kind things for them, and showing them how much we care. As we do, we will build lifelong friendships with sibs we will be glad to have at our side through the ups and downs in life.

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS: In your journal, write the name of each of your siblings. Under each name, begin a list of the things you admire or enjoy about this sibling. Over time, as you add to these lists, remember to thank God for blessing you with these special sibs.


When have you been separated from your siblings? How did time or distance affect your relationships? When have you felt rejected by your siblings? How did you react? Read Genesis 42:1–45:28. What can Joseph teach you about how to forgive your siblings? to restore your relationships with them?

growing up together


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