"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not."
My family is such a blessing, and what a great time we had in Texas last year visiting them. But the visit didn’t happen without effort. We had to make the time and travel many miles.
There is another family with whom we should make the effort to connect — the family of God in our local church. In the apostles’ days, some had stopped doing this. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25).
There is still that trend today. But we should not only be attending church services, we should be participating in other functions as well. This is because, as we gather together, we don’t just share our casseroles. We share our lives, our joys, our pain, our struggles, our triumphs. We cry together, laugh together, and we often pray for one another.
I have a challenge for you. At the next church function, look for people who are not connecting, perhaps because of shyness. Strike up a conversation. Pray with them. Make them feel welcome.
This music video features Bill Gaither and his "Homecoming" group of Christian musicians performing "The Family of God." I'm so glad I'm a part of the family of God.
Lord, bless our family with Your love. Guard us from danger and harm. Deliver us from any anger that might lead to division. Empower us to forgive as we have been forgiven. And send us into the world to be a witness of your love and grace.
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