What does the Bible say about brothers and sisters?

Here's the answer:

The Bible says we should love our brothers and sisters.

Some days can be really frustrating when your brothers or sisters irritate you with their actions, words, or attitudes. You may want to scream, or just go away and think, "Why do I have to put up with this?"

Does the Bible say anything about brothers and sisters? Yes, it does. The Bible starts talking about siblings in Genesis and mentions brothers and sisters many times after that. In Genesis 4, Cain and Abel were brothers with different skills and desires. Those differences led to the first murder in the Bible, as Cain became jealous of Abel and killed Abel in the field (Genesis 4:3–8).

Jesus had brothers and sisters (see Matthew 13:55–56), and He was the one they had to put up with! In fact, the Bible says, "Even Jesus’ own brothers did not believe in him" (John 7:5).

One day, Jesus told His followers, "My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and do what it says" (Luke 8:19–20). By saying this, Jesus was showing that He thinks so highly of family members that those who believe on Him are like family—we are His brothers and sisters.

Even though the Bible doesn’t specifically talk about how to treat your brothers and sisters, it does say that we are to love and be kind to everyone. That includes your siblings! In John 13:34, Jesus says, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another."

You may not like everything your brothers and sisters say or do, but there are also times when they can be the best friends you’ll ever have. And because they’re God’s creation and a part of your family, it’s important to treat them the way you’d like them to treat you.

So the next time your brother or sister irritates you, bothers you, or drives you crazy, remember they’re still your family, and you love them. Treating them kindly pleases God—and your parents too!

Bible Truth

"Be kind and tender to one another. Forgive each other, just as God forgave you because of what Christ has done" (Ephesians 4:32).

"Do to others as you want them to do to you" (Luke 6:31).

"None of you should look out just for your own good. You should also look out for the good of others" (Philippians 2:4).

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