A joke of mine about our family at a recent hotel stop was that we were traveling with everything AND the kitchen sink! It was really worth a smile. :) (I won’t even tell you how much of the ‘stuff’ was mine – be assured, I’m planning for reform! :)

But something that I’m very grateful for about our family is our desire to ‘travel light’ so far as relationships go.

From an early age my mom taught my sisters and I how to ask one another’s forgiveness. We’ve continued that practice through the years. The choice to say ‘I’m sorry’ and ‘Please forgive me’ helps us to not carry emotional baggage that damages relationships. My sisters are both good forgivers (I’ve given them lots of practice!) and I definitely seek to be a good forgiver as well. After all, the Lord has forgiven me so much, how can I not extend the same to my sisters?

So be encouraged today, the painful process of asking forgiveness when you’ve wronged a sibling and the sometimes challenging choice to forgive a repentant sibling, reaps tremendous rewards!

It strengthens our relationship with our siblings and our relationship with God.

And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offence toward God, and toward men. Acts 24:16

Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Matthew 5:23-24