Luke 15:25-32 goes on to say:
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, 26 and he asked one of the servants what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf. We are celebrating because of his safe return.’
28 “The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, 29 but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. 30 Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf!’
31 “His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. 32 We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’”
What we see here is several things. The older brother gets angry. Perhaps his was jealous, he certainly wasn’t happy to see his brother return. Next he whines and becomes self-righteous with his father. I try to maintain our home as a “no whining zone”. Often the one I have the most problem with is me, but that’s another post in itself. The next thing we see is the brother assuming his brother committed certain sins. No where in the story do we see the prostitutes mentioned until the older brother brings it up. Often we assign the motives and sins that are in our hearts and minds to others.
Here’s the lessons to learn:
1) Rejoice with those who are rejoicing
2) Don’t be jealous
3) No whining
4) Your righteousness is found in Christ alone
5) Think the best of every person.
6) Be a good sibling as well as a good child (your family and spiritual family)
Instill these principles in your children, not only in dealing with siblings in your family but the family of faith.