All About Family
The pandemic has created many opportunities that make us feel alone, because of that it has revitalized our compassion toward each other. God created a world where humans were meant to be together and not alone. He created us to be reliant on the relationships we have with every living thing around us (Gen. 1:26-28). The family you’re born into is where you first experience and learn how to interact in your relationships. As a child of God, your spiritual family encourages you to interact with others in a Godly manner. This includes everyone throughout the world who is united under God for the purpose of bringing glory to His name (Eph. 2:14-22).
Our families (both spiritual and physical) are a training ground where we can learn about Godly discipline, compassion, and discernment. When God comes first in our families, they will become a safe space for us grow in our relationships. “For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,” (Eph. 3:14-16, ESV).
Every child of God was created with her and his own strengths and weaknesses. This diversity allows God’s army to be adaptable and creative when it comes to fighting the schemes of the devil. Remember that the devil is their true enemy: not each other (Eph 6:10-12). In the Bible, Eliab the oldest brother of David forgot who his true enemy was. He and the Israelite army were afraid of the Philistine champion Goliath (1 Sam. 17:24). David inquired about Goliath when he was instructed by his father, Jesse, to bring food to the army’s camp. After hearing David, Eliab grew angry and fought with his brother because picking a fight with David was easier than fighting Goliath (1 Sam. 17:28-30).
Remember that our brothers and sisters are not our true enemy because it is sin and its leader the devil. Our families will be the biggest allies we have in the war against the devil. The value our families have in our lives and the glory that will be given to God will be great if we embrace an attitude of mutual love and encouragement.