Well following a conversation with colleagues recently, I’ve been thinking about families where there are divisions, or long-standing feuds…I should hasten to add, I’m not referring to my own family!
Through conversation it became apparent that we all know of families where one sibling does not get on with another sibling, either to a level they tolerate one another and some where they can be very unkind towards one another without any prompting. Does this sound familiar to any of you?
I must admit that I always find it very sad when I hear of families where there are these divisions, sometimes, long-standing division that no-one can really remembers why there were disagreements in the first place. We only ever have one family, and therefore we should cherish one another, not argue and disagree about things past or present.
We often hear the phrase
We can choose our friends but we can’t choose our family
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. (John 15:12 NIV)
God expects us, and needs us, to love everyone in our life, regardless of whether they are a friend, a family member or a stranger. Go on, don’t just tolerate your family, love them, just as God loves them.