These 12 Bible verses for brothers and sisters can be read and memorized together to help teach siblings how God’s Word calls them to treat one another!
I have two brothers. Growing up, we had a lot of fun together! But there were also countless times when we didn’t get along. Arguing, tattling and deceitful behavior (Kevin, don’t tell mom what Steven and I did!) were commonplace in our home.
Now I see similar characteristics in my four children. I actually think they are less deceitful than I was, but that actually results in them tattling and telling on their siblings even more! They just exchanged one poor choice for another. :)
There’s some work to be done among the siblings in our home to cultivate more kindness and selflessness, just like I’m sure there is work to be done with your kids in this area.
So where do we start?
It can take some time to retrain our kids’ minds and hearts to do what’s best for and treat their siblings well, especially if bad habits have long been in place.
But it’s not hopeless!
There are a few simple things we can do, such as:
- Pray over our kids and have them pray for each other.
- Model honesty, integrity and Christ-like choices ourselves.
- Take the time to stop and help our kids work through their differences rather than just ignoring the problem and hoping it goes away (I’ve been guilty of that many times!).
- Give them opportunities to practice speaking with kindness, sharing and speaking life over their siblings.
More than all these things, the best way to retrain their hearts and minds is through God’s Word.
When Scripture is read and learned, it reaches their hearts better than any consequences, corrections or habit-forming out there!
Consequences and corrections are great tools too, but they are the MOST effective when rooted in God’s Word.
Here are 12 powerful and effective Bible verses for siblings that can help our kids understand what Scripture says about how to treat each other, giving them true biblical motivation for showing love to each other.
12 Bible Verses for Brothers and Sisters
Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. Galatians 5:26
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins….As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. 1 Peter 4:8,10
Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. Matthew 5:23-24
Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut. Proverbs 10:19 (I like the way the NLT phrases this verse!)
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 1 Corinthians 13:4-5
It does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:6-7
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Romans 12:10-11
A glad heart makes a cheerful face. Proverbs 15:13
A person finds joy in giving an apt reply—and how good is a timely word! Proverbs 15:23
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12
Bible Verse Memory Jar Activity
My 10 year old helped me create a visual reminder of these verses so we could read/learn them in during supper time–a Bible Verse Jar!
You can make one too, very easily. This is all you need:
Jumbo Popsicle sticks
Washi Tape or other Decorations
16 oz Mason Jar or similar
Just write the verses on the popsicle sticks, decorate and put in a canning or other type of jar!
Use these verses with your children to help them as they learn (slowly, maybe!) to be kind to their siblings.
One More Thing….
There’s a simple way you can go further in encouraging stronger, more loving relationships between your kids and their siblings, guided by God’s Word and practical tools that really help!
The “Love One Another Sibling Challenge” is a printable workbook that guides your kids in creating stronger sibling bonds.
Do you want your children to form a habit of saying kind and loving words to their siblings? You’ll need to teach them how!
Do you want your kids to enjoy spending time together? Then you’ll want to work on finding fun ways for them to connect!
Do you want your kids to pray for each other? God’s Word can teach them how!
The Love One Another Sibling Challenge printable workbook includes:
- Prayer Cards for your kids to write out prayers for each other
- Random Acts of Kindness Cards with ideas to bless each other (or mom and dad!)
- Random Acts of Kindness checklist, to do for others (a great bonding activity!)
- Checklist of “Sibling Compliments” to form a practice of speaking with love
- Compliment Cards
- “Bible Verses for Brothers and Sisters” Jar Activity
- 12 Bible Verses for Brothers and Sisters Printable Cards
- 4 Biblical Devotions for Siblings (two for older kids, two for younger kids)
- 15 Question “Get to Know Your Sibling” Quiz
- Words Like Toothpaste Object Lesson (to teach kids how their words impact their family)
- Cheatsheet for Helping Your Kids Handle Sibling Conflict (with suggestions for specific situations)
**Recommended for kids ages 4 and up!!**
Encourage stronger, kinder and more loving sibling relationships between your children!
Get Your Copy of the Love One Another Sibling Challenge!
Please note: this is a digital resource, no physical copy will be mailed to you.