Family. What does that mean?
To me it means togetherness, I’m not alone! It means I’m understood, better than anyone else understands me. I do not have to explain myself at every turn or statement, they just “get me!”
It means I am accepted. For good, bad or ugly, it’s just ok for Me to be Me!
Ultimately, It means I Am Loved!
In the Family of God, that’s the way it should be too!
“A friend loves at all times.“
Family is everything!
God ordained family as the structure He put into place that we are to live under.
Biological family and spiritual family, both are important! One is vital! The family of God, our spiritual family, must demonstrate to the world what family love truly looks like!
“Beloved, let us love one another. For love comes from God and he who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not live, does not know God, for God is love!”
I John 4:7-8
If God has given you a biological family that demonstrates Gods love to each other, then you are blessed beyond measure!
Hold on to that my love! Guard it, protect it, and promote it, do not take it for granted! Give encouragement, support, and appreciation to all those in your biological family! Celebrate them! Hold them and hug them, because you have been given a precious gift from God! It is rare! It is priceless! The love you share within your biological family reflects the love of God to the rest of the world. So let your light shine so that others will see the way a family is truly supposed to be!
If you were not given a biological family on this earth that reflects the love of God, then pray for them. Never stop praying for them! God made us family when we were born. We do not pick our family like we pick our friends. We need to pray for them, be there for them, and never, Never give up on them! Pray for them while there is still time! God is a God of miracles! The example you set for others In loving your family members who do not demonstrate God’s love to you, is an even greater reflection of the love of God to the world around us!
Remember, like the verse above says,
” LOVES COMES FROM GOD!”
Love does not come from us it comes from God. While in our own human flesh and nature we are not able to love those well who do not love us, in God’s strength and spirit we are more than able!
We stand to be the greatest example of God’s love and light when we love those who do not love us back! Most sincerely, it is the most difficult and painful thing to do! But with God’s strength, we can do it. And the world will see what true love is!
As a spiritual family, THE CHURCH, we are also to love well! We should not grumble and complain, we should not find fault with every different style or preference, but we need to love unconditionally the way God loves us!
In this crazy, chaotic world we live in, what greater thing can we show them but love! Real love, God’s love, the kind of love that never leaves us or forsake’s us!
After all, God is love! It is not a piece of who He is, it is all of who he is! God is love first, John 4:16
“God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.“
When the world turns angry toward our country and its leadership, we show God’s love.
When someone betrays you or turns on you, we show God’s love.
When someone yells at you in a parking lot or on the highway, we show God’s love.
When someone shows favoritism to another, we show God’s love.
When someone treats us unfairly, we show God’s love.
I John 10-11 says it clearly,
“This is real love-not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.“
“WE SURELY OUGHT!”
I love that phrase! It is simply a response for us to love others, because of God’s great love for us!
“WE SURELY OUGHT!” It compels us! It encourages us! It allows us to rise above our own selfish selves, and put others first! Just as God put us first!
Friends, it is not easy to live or even feel loving when others around us are acting hateful. However, if our heavenly father could send his precious son to demonstrate the greatest love anyone has ever or will ever know, when he was hated, betrayed, and killed, “WE SURELY OUGHT!”
Love one another friends! Demonstrate God’s love to all those around you, deserved or undeserved, and wait and see what God will do! The world will stand, open mouth, and look up to the true author of love!
WE SURLY OUGHT TO LOVE OTHERS AS GOD LOVES US!
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