Sibling Rivalry

Live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble

~ 1 Peter 3:8~

There are a few stories in the Bible about sibling rivalry: Cain and Abel, Ishmael and Isaac, Esau and Jacob, Rachel and Leah, Joseph and all his brothers.

What was the common denominator in these relationships? It started with jealousy and envy. One sibling thinking they were better or not good enough. The story of Joseph and his brothers ended in forgiveness and ultimately love.

We were adopted into sonship through Jesus Christ. Which makes us brothers and sisters. It makes us family.

“and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”

~2 Corinthians 6:18~

Most of us come from families that have problems, challenges and issues. We love our families no matter what. We accept each other’s differences and short comings. If someone in our family needs something or needs help we have their backs in a heart beat. No matter how much we get on each other’s nerves or how many times a family member may hurt us…. we are able to forgive and move on. This is what family is about. Through thick and thin… ride or die.

Why is it that we (the church), call ourselves family but we do not treat each other like family? We are not quick to forgive our brothers and sisters in Christ. We don’t really have each other’s back. And we are not able to accept our brother’s and sisters shortcomings. We are not related because we have the same bloodline. We are related because we have accepted Christ, died to our sins and became sons and daughters.

Now more than ever we need to come together and unite. The world around us is spiraling out of control. For the last two months, the world has been isolated, fearful, and feeling confused with the pandemic. On the positive side, crime went down and pollution subsided. We as believers were drawing closer to God and getting closer to each other. Many of us had discussions on how to keep the momentum going after the quarantine was lifted. In a blink of an eye, we have chaos and division once again.

This is not the result of jealousy or envy. Or fighting for position. Instead we are battling over an event that is playing out in the media and on our streets. This situation is nothing new to us. If our battling didn’t change the situation once before how can we expect for it to change now. We know better! The same way we came together as brothers and sisters to pray for the pandemic; we need to do it now.

What is so different now? We still have an opportunity to show the world how it’s done. There are believers that are cops and protesters. Should we only pray for one or the other? This is not who we are called to be. We are called to be the light in the midst of darkness. We need to change our mindset if we are going to make a difference in this crazy world.

Our faith in Christ is what unites us. Instead of taking sides because of what our worldly role is; let’s focus on our Kingdom role and not be distracted by the lies of the enemy. We need to pray for peace and safety for all. Pray for our nation.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

~1 Corinthians 3:15~

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