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Sibling Rivalry

1 John 2:9-11 Someone might say, “I am in the light,” but if they hate any of their brothers or sisters in God’s family, they are still in the darkness. Those who love their brothers and sisters live in the light, and there is nothing in them that will make them do wrong. But whoever hates their brother or sister is in darkness. They live in darkness. They don’t know where they are going, because the darkness has made them blind.

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It’s easy to go along to church each Sunday, sing the songs, listen to the sermon, pat yourself on the back and yet … still harbour a quiet disdain for some of the people in your life. And that, that right there, is a problem for God.

One of the things that happens a lot in families, is sibling rivalry. It starts off when we, as children, exercise our selfishness and immaturity. As far as the average child is concerned, the world revolves around them. Totally. It’s their one and only world view.

And the job of parents, is to teach each child that the world doesn’t revolve around them. That’s the process of growing up.

And a person is mature, when they’ve learned to effectively balance their needs, against other people’s needs.

Yet some people grow up, never learning how to do that. They hate their brothers and their sisters. Not just their natural ones, but the people around them.

And you know something, their hearts are full of darkness. They’re blind to the needs around them. They’re awful people to be around.

And that … that is one hell of a tragedy. Literally.

So – if that cap fits, wear it. Grow up.

1 John 2:9-11 Someone might say, “I am in the light,” but if they hate any of their brothers or sisters in God’s family, they are still in the darkness. Those who love their brothers and sisters live in the light, and there is nothing in them that will make them do wrong. But whoever hates their brother or sister is in darkness. They live in darkness. They don’t know where they are going, because the darkness has made them blind.

If there’s someone in your life whom you hate, if there’s someone you haven’t made peace with, it’s time to do something about it.

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.


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Deborah Foresee

This is so true, I have also learned if you don’t like and love yourself in a balanced way it is impossible to truly love someone else totally and completely
I love reading anything to do with my Saviour and it reminds me of how I should always act
I’m not where I need to be but thank God I am not where I used to be


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