I think there’s a lot we can learn about our relationships with Christ and our Father in Heaven from the other relationships in our lives. For example, the relationship between you and your parents, or you and your child, or even close friends can teach us a lot.
But today, I want to focus on sisters. I have two sisters and they’re some of my favorite people in the world. But we’ve definitely had our ups and downs with each other, and I’m sure the rest of you with sisters out there can relate.
From long talks before bed to arguments during road trips, we’ve seen it all in our relationships. So there are probably a lot of lessons I could pull from our relationships, but here are three of them that have taught me more about my relationship with Christ:
1. Even at Odds, You Still Care
Sisters don’t always get along. For example, I and one of my sisters have been constantly at odds about all sorts of things for most of our lives. We’ve argued about all sorts of pointless things that no one was right or wrong about.
Frankly, it’s pretty pointless bickering, but even when there isn’t a right or wrong, we both like to be right – but have different opinions.
However, no matter how much we argue and debate with each other, we still care about each other. We may not always see eye to eye or agree with what each other are doing, but we can look past those things when it matters most. In fact, we are great friends – especially when we aren’t arguing.
And after all these years of bickering, we still like each other.
So what does this teach me about my relationship with Christ?
Sometimes, I don’t see eye to eye with Christ. I don’t always want to do what I ought to do and I make mistakes all the time. In other words, I’m sometimes at odds with Christ and the plan He has for me. I may even try to argue with Him when something isn’t going my way (not a great idea, by the way).
But in spite of all of this, Christ still loves me. He’s still present, still waiting for me to come to Him, still offering me another chance to be better.
And honestly, I still care about Him too. Even when I’m upset or confused, it doesn’t take much for me to remember all that He’s done for me, and how grateful I am for Him. That may not fix the problem. I still need to make the necessary changes to become like Him.
But He’s always there for me, and I still trust Him.
2. Sisters Understand, So Does Christ
Who’s going to understand your life, personality, and family better than a sister? Even if you don’t always get along, you still know that when something crazy happens in your life, your sister will understand.
Sisters understand what you’re feeling when your parents do funny things, when your childhood pet dies, and when you aren’t sure what to do next. You can always bolster each other, laugh with each other, and rely on each other when times are tough.
Christ understands us too. In fact, He understands us better than any sibling ever could. Christ has experienced everything that you’ve experienced. He’s experienced worse. If anyone knows what it feels like to lose a loved one, to battle depression, or to fail a test, Christ knows and understands.
He doesn’t just understand the hard parts of life. He’s present in every positive as well. Christ knows and understands the ways of God, Our Father, and the joy that comes from a deep relationship with Him.
In everything you face, you can know you have someone in your life to understand you – where you’ve been, what you’ve faced, and why you do the things you do. Christ is there for you no matter what.
3. Best Friends
Sisters may not get along all of the time, especially when they’re younger. But over time, and especially as adults, sisters often develop close bonds built on understanding and love. They really become your best friends, and you look forward to time with them.
Sisters are the people you can call at weird times to talk about life. They’re the ones who can help you when you aren’t sure what to do. They can even help you with your schoolwork when you need it.
Ideally, Christ becomes your best friend now and forever. After all that He’s done for you, you can know that He’s a true friend who won’t let you down – ever. Christ waits for you, offers you more chances, and loves you no matter what you do. What’s more, He’s literally died for you and each of us.
As Christ Himself said:
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.John 15:13-15
Jesus Christ has paid the ultimate price for us. He’s done more to show His love for us than any other person ever could. And that, to me, is a best friend.
Don’t forget that this week – Christ loves you, He understands you and wants to help you, and He’s truly your best friend.