WE ARE RELATED
“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;”
Ephesians 2:19 KJV
Bill and Gloria Gaither wrote a beautiful hymn that I love “The Family of God”. “You will notice we say “brother” and “sister” ’round here; It’s because we’re a family and these folks are so near. When one has a heartache we all share the tears, And rejoice in each vict’ry in this fam’ly so dear.”
We need to get used to our brothers and sisters in Christ because we are all part of the family of God. A pastor of mine said “Christians should be kind and loving to one another because they are a family”. I have never forgotten what my pastor said in his sermon.
Someone asked me if I ever get upset with anyone. The answer to that question is yes. I sometimes say things that hurt people and when I do, I also hurt Jesus. It breaks my heart when I hurt Jesus. However, none of us are perfect. We all hurt Jesus at times and break His heart.
Someone said “It’s only natural for families to fight”. That is a lie straight from the pits of hell. It is not natural. God did not create us to argue and fight. We need to love one another so we won’t hurt Him. May God help us to be kind and loving to each other and also encourage one another.
Heavenly Father, please forgive me for sometimes saying things that hurt others. I never want to hurt You, dear Father. Place in all of us the desire to be kind and loving to one another. May we encourage one another instead of discouraging each other by our words and actions. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.
Joanne LoweNovember 1, 2017