1 John 1:4 NLT – We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.
As Christians, we have two families: a heavenly one and an earthly one. In becoming Christians, we began our relationship with the first and changed our relationships in the second.
“God created the family, and designed it to work best when all committed to one another. But important as the family is, there are yet more important things. If unity in the family can exist at the expense of its members’ loyalty to Jesus Christ, then the good has become the enemy of the best. We must be loyal to Christ whatever the cost may be to us or anyone close to us. This is not to suggest that Christ’s aim is to stir up a hornet’s nest in our homes. God creates institutions, like family, to work – not to fall apart. Tensions may increase if we are loyal to our new Master. With this said, tensions may increase, but it must never be the aim to increase them…Show others the same mercy and patience that Christ showed you.” [White, John, The Fight, 122]
We are called to love both our families as Christ first loved us.
Prayer: Lord, teach us to love our families with the same mercy and patience that you showed us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.