Sisters are for Encouraging

We have a lot of sisters at our house. Four to be exact. And that is just the right amount to produce a lot of fun sister activity. Unfortunately, it also produces a lot of not-so-fun sister activities; fighting, tattling, bossing, comparing, complaining, telling someone how to do it the ‘right way’…my list could go on and on and on. How easy it is to lose sight of our purpose as sisters.

purpose

When it happens over and over and over again…I get tired! It hurts me to see them hurting each other’s feelings. It makes me sad how they treat each other.

The girls know what I’m going to say before I even say it. I’ve said it over and over. I repeat it daily. Sometimes hourly.

“Sisters are for encouraging”

Sisters are not for:

  • …fighting with.
  • …tattling on.
  • …bossing around…Mom is the boss.
  • …comparing with. Life will NOT be fair. Everyone is better at something.
  • …complaining about.
  • …telling you how to do it their way.

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 

Our true purpose

Encourage one another. Build each other up.

That is the purpose of a sister.

Let’s go a step further. I’m talking about earthly sisters here. Those blood sisters. Yet, as I repeat this sentence over to my girls I hear the Holy Spirit whisper, “what about your sisters in faith?”

How should we treat our sisters in Christ?  What is the purpose for that kind of a sister?

The answer is astoundingly the same.

Sisters are for encouraging.

We don’t need to fight with a sister of Jesus.

Do everything without complaining and arguing Philippians 2:14

We don’t need to run and tattle when a sister is doing something we don’t approve of!

And make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands.
1 Thessalonians 4:11

We don’t need to boss a sister in Christ around.

They have the Holy Spirit to prod and guide into what they should be doing. We are NOT their boss.

When the spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. For He will not speak on his own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come.  John 16:13

Sisters are NOT for comparing with.

OUCH. Life is not fair. Really, we wouldn’t want it to be. Our talents are not the same as our sisters. Our calling is not the same as that of ANYONE else. So we must not compare with our sisters.

We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.

We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the sphere of service God himself has assigned to us, a sphere that also includes you. We are not going too far in our boasting, as would be the case if we had not come to you, for we did get as far as you with the gospel of Christ. Neither do we go beyond our limits by boasting of work done by others.

Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our sphere of activity among you will greatly expand, so that we can preach the gospel in the regions beyond you. For we do not want to boast about work already done in someone else’s territory.

But, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.
2 Corinthians 10:12-18

Sisters are not for complaining about. Or complaining to, for that matter.

Do everything without complaining and arguing Philippians 2:14

Sisters are not there for telling you how to do something… Exactly their own way. Again, that is the Holy’ Spirit’s job.

Jesus said in John 16:12-15 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

Sisters are for encouraging.

Whether we are blood sisters or sisters in Christ. We must not try to take over the Holy Spirit’s job. Or boss them around like a lord over them. No, friends, let’s encourage one another and build each other up!

This is the purpose of a sister: encouragement.

Friends, let’s go be encouragers!!  

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Trudie is a daughter of the King, wife, mommy, homeschool teacher, and writer. Her hubby, Ethan and she have been married 11 years and together have 4 girls.

Trudie loves to read a good book, sip a yummy hot cocoa, and spend a cozy evening laughing with her family.

She loves to write! Any free-time Trudie has finds her adding words to paper and creating something new for women to read! She loves to learn, and share what she’s learned to help others. Trudie has a passion for women stuck in their faith and a passion for young moms; as she has been in both these desperate places before.

Join Trudie on her blog at LearningLittleLessons.com. Her 4 girls and her write about their family adventures at SimpleSightSeeing.com
Posted on: November 22, 2017, by : Trudie Schar

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