“This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.” John 15:12
I grew up with a sister and even though we would argue all of the time we quickly made up because my mom didn’t tolerate strife in the house. She would make us hug, apologize to each other, say “I love you” and then we were back to playing again. This is what true sisterhood looked like to me. It was ingrained in my mind that sisters always love and forgive eachother no matter what. So when I grew older and God blessed me with sisters in Christ, I just knew that if anything went down, if there was any drama, any disagreements or strife, we would just do as I did as a little girl. Hug, apologize, say “I love you” and go back to playing again. But I had to realize everyone didn’t grow up in my mom’s house. Everyone didn’t share the same perspective. Having a natural sister is a blessing, but having a sister in Christ should be even more of a blessing. Not only should we love, but we should love even more because our common bond is our love for Christ. Maybe you didn’t grow up the way I did. Maybe you have never experienced unconditional love and forgiveness in a female relationship. Maybe a trusted friend hurt you deeply and sent you heading for the hills. I wish God would speak in a loud audible voice to His daughters just as my mom’s voice spoke loudly to me, saying “Love your sister! Hug her, forgive, and say “I love you.” We live in God’s house, but sometimes we behave like God is not our Father and we respond to people and situations however we want. If my mother didn’t tolerate strife and division, surely God doesn’t. He commands that we love unconditionally. He doesn’t suggest it or say to only love if you feel like it. He commands it. You may disagree with your sister in Christ. She may have really hurt you and made you angry, but God commands you to forgive and love her. Don’t send that email. Don’t leave that angry voicemail. Don’t go spreading gossip about her and causing people to view her in a negative light. Love her. Accept all of her, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Be longsuffering. And if you have hurt your sister or have caused strife, ask forgiveness and forgive yourself. Learn to treat your sisters in Christ right.
Prayer: Father, I love my sisters in Christ and I thank You for them. Help me to never take them for granted. No matter what they do or say, I will forgive them and love them unconditionally. I pray You bless all of them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.