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The Value of Sisterhood

2010 September 23
by John H

I was blessed to grow up in a loving, Christian family. My parents stressed the importance of family and my dad often told us to stick up for each other. In spite of our differences through the years, the petty squabbles and disagreements, my brothers, sister and I grew and remain close to each other. We added others to the family by birth and marriage and each is a blessing to us all. The value of blood family was fortified when we lost a brother in an accident seven years ago.

I am also blessed to know many Christian sisters. As sisters, we should follow some of the same guidelines that I learned in my earthly family. We should stick up for one another. We should be there for one another. I know that I can call a number of sisters when I have something to share—a sad thing or happy news—and they will listen. Proverbs 18:24b says, “…there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” My blood sister would listen any time, but she lives miles away. Some of my Christian sisters better understand my feelings and struggles than she does because they see and talk with me more. When a sister needs our help, we should be there. Remember what Romans 12:15 says: “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.”

We should value our Christian sisters. If you have been a member of the church for a long time, it is easy to take Christian brotherhood for granted. Just imagine moving to a new town if you are not a Christian. If you needed something or help, where would you go? But as a part of the Christian family, you have people to depend on, even if you don’t know them yet. The connections found in the Christian family are valuable and we should thank God for these blessings every day.

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