The Sisterly Bond
Preface: Where there is no unity, there can be no revival. Where jealousy, envy, and jostling for supremacy reign, the Holy Spirit’s power is withheld. How crucial, then, that we learn how to break down the barriers that sometimes separate us so that we can enter into the unity that Christ seeks for His church.
I grew up with a sister who is two years older than I. Like many a younger sister, I often made my sister’s life miserable. Although I was rarely punished, my parents used to punish my sister often, even when it was partly my fault. Sometimes she was punished for things that were mostly my fault. Once I stayed out late and my sister told me later that my parents yelled at her that night as though it were her fault that I stayed out late. When I came home that night, the house was silent.
Another way I made my sister’s life miserable is that I often borrowed her clothes without her permission. When she found out about it, she became very angry. But I continued to borrow her clothes for many years, regardless of how angry she became. Although I made my sister’s life miserable, like a typical sister, she would eventually forgive me. Because of that sisterly bond that exists between us, we’ve always remained close, regardless of my faults.
Though faults can be overlooked in a sisterly relationship, they usually cause a permanent strain in a friendship. In many cases, the friendship may end. Between sisters unconditional love is automatically resident in the relationship; with friends the love must be earned.
So it is no wonder that Jesus said, “Whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother” (Matt. 12:50, NKJV). He was familiar with that special bond between sisters and brothers. He wanted us to treat everyone, especially our fellow church believers, as sisters and brothers. How powerful our church message could be if we could unite in sisterhood and brotherhood!