Anyone with a sibling, can relate to what comes with the territory of having brothers and sisters. You also have had a glipse of it is like to have more than one child. Having brothers and/or sisters can be the best experience. There is always someone to play with and share all your stories with. This also means there is always someone to pick on or who is picking on you. Every parenting book I have read has stated that subling rivalry is just a part of life. I believe then, that just because it is a part of life, it doesn’t make sibling rivalry right and it can definately be taken to far. When it is taken to far in your house, here are a few verses to turn to help difuse the situation.
“A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” Proverbs 15:1.
“Starting a fight is like opening a floodgate, so stop before a dispute breaks out.” Proverbs 17:14.
“If your enemies are hungry, give the food to eat, if they are thirsty give them water to drink, you will heap coals of shame on their heads, and the Lord will reward you.” Proverbs 25: 21-22
“Love each other with genuine affectin and take delight in honoring each othe.r.” Romans 12:10.
“Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18.
“Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.” Romans 12:21.
“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” John 15:13.
“Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.” 1 Peter 3: 8-9.
“If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a Christian bro.ther or sister, that person is still living in darkness. Anyone who loves another brother or sister is living in the light and doesnot cause others to stumble.” 1 John 2: 9-10.
Also, of interest would be to read Luke 15:11-31. The Parable of the Lost Son. This parable is one of the stories Jesus told to show us how much he loves us and how much we should love one another, siblings included.