Encouraging brotherly love amongst siblings is something we parents should do often. They can learn to be there for one another during good and bad times; of course running from what is evil and holding on for dear life to the good. Siblings are friends who love deeply, pray for one another, help each other, laugh when the other is happy and share tears when one is sad. Should one fall into rebellion, face an unforeseen obstacle or need encouragement they can help each other out for two are better than one.
Their bond sometimes model our biblical instruction to be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly and sisterly love. We can learn a lot about our children by watching them with their siblings. My children explained that because they are raised in the same household with each other they come to know each others greatest attributes, secrets, fears and dreams. It can be easier at times for them to talk to each other rather than a parent.
We should discourage envy, unhealthy competition and comparison. These things can destroy their relationship and cause strife within the family. While these are things we can work to avoid our kids may experience them as they are human emotions and actions. When faced with these challenges our kids may feel alone, not understand or know what to do. We must be watchful, prayerful and counsel the child struggling with these issues. When we see a child getting puffed up or thinking that he/she is better than the other child correction is in order for they must not think they are better than they really are. We parents should not play one for the other to get faster pleasing results. We must all be honest in evaluation of ourselves by the faith the God has given us.
Our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function so it is in our families and the body of Christ. We are many parts of one body and we all belong together. In his grace, God has given each child different gifts for doing certain things well. Some the ability to prophesy and they should speak out with as much faith as God has given them. Others are called to serve and they should serve well. One child may teach well while the other is an encourager. Many sibling are generous givers and some leaders. They should take the responsibility seriously. We all can show kindness and do it gladly.
By accepting the different gifts in our family, children and amongst siblings we encourage them to live in harmony with each other and help them live in peace with everyone. It is a very important, life changing and rewarding act for a parent to witness.