When I think about my younger sister a million different images run across my mind. We have such a history together. She knows all of my most embarrassing moments but doesn’t share them with anyone else. She knew me as a teenager and yet still speaks to me today. She remembers all of my mistakes, and shares in some of the responsibility for them. And she can make me laugh until my sides hurt.
I worry about her when she’s sick or away from home. When her heart breaks so does mine. When she has success I am so proud. But, no one else can cause me more pain when we fight. I don’t think I’ve ever been as angry at someone as I have at my sister. And yet, I would do anything for her.
The relationship of two sisters can be one of the strongest on earth. We are called to be sisters to other believers. But, how well do we know our Christian sisters? If they offend us how easily do we forgive? If they are hurting do we hurt too? Do we love them enough to do anything for them? Think about it this week as you interact with your fellow Christians. Ask yourself, how can I be a better sister?
Matthew 12:46-50 (NIV)
While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”