‘love the family of believers‘ ~ 1 Peter 2:17
Loving the family of believers is not an easy thing. Each member comes with his own notions, experiences and cultural background. Situations, problems, decisions are all perceived through his own lens of understanding. That’s why complications and misunderstandings arise, even on the smallest of issues. But this is no reason for staying away from such a family. Infact the Bible tells us not to give up meeting together, so that we can spur each other on to do good works, and even more as we see the day approaching.
The return of Christ is certain and followers of Christ are exhorted to live each day keeping this in view. The farmer envisions the day of harvest. A lot of effort and hard work is put into getting the fields ready, sowing the seeds, watering them and then harvesting the crop. He considers all the hard work worth it. The day of Christ’s return should be the fulcrum on which we pivot our relationships. Putting up with a brother who is weak in his faith is demonstrating the love and patience of God. No one is perfect yet. But are being made perfect growing into the likeness of Jesus.
The New Testament is replete with scripture verses encouraging us to stay away from things that can break the family of believers – malice, gossip, slander, envy, jealousy, covetousness. We are called to focus on only one thing that matters – be ready to meet the Lord. And we cannot meet the Lord having negative things in our hearts. So lets obey the word of God and keep the bigger picture in mind.
Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me when I act out of my ego rather than be led by your Spirit. Help me have your love in my heart for the family of believers. May I follow in the footsteps of your example. Amen.”
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