A: Jesus said, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” (Mark 3:33, NASB.) He then went on to explain, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it” (Luke 8:21.) You see, as John chapter seven also illustrates, Jesus wasn’t exactly adored by his brothers when he was alive—which is why he encouraged the idea of surrogate family members inside the Kingdom of God. Two of Jesus’ brothers later repented; received the revelation of Christ as Savior and became Apostles of the early Christian Church, as well as, authors in our Bible (James and Jude.) Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with many of us when it comes to dysfunctional family. Forgiveness is a great start toward healing from these kinds of hurts.
Q: After all these years, my relationships with my siblings are still conditional and one-sided. How do I accept this truth yet continue to love them?