I overheard my son talking on the phone to a friend recently. “It must be nice to be single!” he said. I was wondering what in the world a six-year-old knew about marital status when he continued, “It must be really nice to have your mom and dad to yourself and no brothers and sisters to worry about or fight with!”
Now about your love for one anotherwe do not need to write to you,for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia.Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands,just as we told you,so that your daily life may win the respect of outsidersand so that you will not be dependent on anybody. 1 Thessalonians 4:9
Ah, family! They can bring out the worst and the best in me. A friend and I recently had a conversation about how sometimes it can be easier to forgive or help a stranger or acquaintance than to do the same for a family member. We discussed the many reasons there might be behind that. For example, when you know someone as well as we do most family members we have higher expectations. We also have less patience and sometimes we feel like their actions reflect on us. We are quick to judge and we take it personally because we think they should know better. We just expect more, but why? We do this with our Christian friends as well. We often hold them to a different standard than unbelievers. We can’t forget that being a Christian does not make us perfect. It only ensures we are forgiven when we ask and enables us (through the Holy Spirit dwelling in us) the ability to try and live in step with God instead of this world. Pleasing God certainly includes forgiving, loving, kind, patient hearts that seek to love and treat all others (family too) as we want God to treat us.
It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. John 6:45
We can’t handle this task without our Heavenly Father’s power. Living each day with a little joy with a touch of peace can only be God taught and God given! I pray He gives each of us the power and desire to live our lives in a way that brings glory and honor to Him. For it is by this love that we change the world in His name.
“A new command I give you: Love one another.As I have loved you, so you must love one another.John 13:34