The Bible never specifically tells us what us as older siblings ought to do. We do see a few older sibling portrayals in the life of some Bible children, though. Right now, I can remember Moses' older sister who looked out for him. She made sure to put him in the basket in the river and wait till someone picked him up. Then she went and arranged things for Moses to be able to grow up with his mother by his side. She protected him from death.
I can't remember many stories of older siblings who were watching out for their siblings, but we can learn from the sibling rivalries we see in the Bible. Stories like those of Cain and Abel, Esau and Jacob, and Joseph and his brothers all come to mind. I think of how we can learn from their selfishness, cruelty, and jealousy. These are all things that are still so common today. we have so much to learn from these stories, but many times I read the story as a whole and don't stop to think about what I can learn as an older sister. If I read thinking about what I can learn as a sister, though, I find so much to learn from.
1 John 4:21 says:
And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his
Imagine! Loving God is just as important as loving our siblings. It says that whoever loves God must love his brother! Our siblings must have a very high place in our lives and I'm afraid (at least in my case), many times we don't have them there. We love them greatly, but we don't always show or tell them. We need to learn to spend more time with them, teach them, love them, and be examples to them.
Can you think of more stories in the Bible that give us examples of siblings and how we can learn from them?
In what ways can we improve our relationship with our siblings?
I'd love to hear your thoughts!