“God places the lonely in families.” Ps 68:6 NLT
Life in God’s family can be challenging. To enjoy and fulfill your role as a family member you must understand three things: (1) Your rights. When you trusted Christ as your Savior you became a member of God’s redeemed family (See Jn 3:3-6). That means you have the right to be accepted, loved, protected, respected, provided for, trained, equipped, and rewarded. Regardless of your past mistakes, God guarantees you these rights, so embrace and enjoy them. (2) The rules of the house. Without the rule of law, you end up with anarchy. And it’s the same in a family. Can you imagine what would happen if the kids ran the house? Well, God’s family isn’t a democracy. You don’t get to vote on the rules. God has established unchanging principles in His Word that guarantee His blessing. “If you are…obedient, you shall eat the good of the land” (Isa 1:19 NKJV). (3) Our responsibilities to one another. You’re called to accept, love and help your brothers and sisters even when they’re selfish, immature, critical, and irresponsible. Remember that God’s family is still “under construction,” but it’s way better than any other alternative! You need to participate in regular family life and activities. Early church believers met together “daily” (See Ac 2:46); as a result they survived all Satan’s attempts to destroy them. So support the life and mission of your church family with your tithes, talent, and time. Don’t just be a taker; “God loves a cheerful giver” (2Co 9:7 NIV).
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