"Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus" (John 11:5).
For a few years now, I have observed July 29 as Siblings Day. A woman named Claudia Evart is working to establish a National Siblings Day to be observed every April 10, and I hope she succeeds. But I prefer July 29, and that's because the church calendar encourages us to remember on this day Mary, Martha, and Lazarus - who were siblings. We read that Jesus loved all three of them. I apply that to my two sisters and me. And if He loves all three of us, how could we not love each other? His love becomes our love. I'll be calling them both today.
As a pastor, I know that not everyone has a loving relationship with their siblings. If that includes you, remember who the real enemy is - the evil one. Pray for your siblings, thank the Lord for them, and then reach out to them in love. Ask forgiveness if you need to. Don't give up.
Parents, teach your children how Jesus loved Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, and how His love for siblings turns into their love for each other. Have each child think of something nice to say about the other(s). Then have a time of sharing over a special dessert.
Consider well the fact that the Lord Jesus laid down His life for your brother, sister, and you. For this reason alone, how could we not love our siblings, and from all our hearts?