Have you experienced, or witnessed sibling rivalry ?
It is a common, but unfortunate part of human experience.
The Bible contains examples of sibling rivals. Some animosity is obvious, (Cain and Abel), while other differences are more subtle.
In the parable of the Prodigal Son, (Luke 15:11-32), Jesus describes how a son spent his share of his inheritance in wild living, and then returned, broke and starving, hoping to work as a slave for his dad.
However, we know how joyfully his father welcomed him back into full family fellowship, gave him a robe, and a ring, and a party !
His older brother, however, was not glad to see him, and refused to join in the festivities.
As a parent, I can imagine him saying to his father : ‘It’s not fair! , which is a common complaint when siblings disagree.
Of course, we are told not to add anything to scripture, but still I wonder, what happened to the brothers’ relationship afterwards ? Did they ever reconcile ?
I often ask myself, when reading scripture: Then what happened ?
The estate now belonged to the older brother, and after their father’s death, would he ask his younger brother to leave ?
We have a guarantee that God always grants forgiveness to anyone who repents and turns away from sin.
And yet, although we are forgiven, the consequences of sin remain. Often sin can result in a lifetime of regrets over bad decisions, or, sinful behaviour can can result in damaged relationships.
Let us pray that God, in his mercy, would keep us free from sin.
Let us also ask for guidance and wisdom in parenting, and grandparenting, so that we encourage our children to form loving, rather than overly competitive relationships with each other.