We're A FamilyBy Rev. Vince Finnegan on 06/25/2006
We're A Family
One of the great accomplishments that resulted from the work of Christ is the relationship the people of God have with God and each other. We are a family with God the Father, Jesus Christ our Lord and Brother, and many brothers and sisters.
1 Corinthians12:1-ff Our family is made up of many different individuals with a diversity of strengths and weaknesses. God has chosen each person as it pleased Him; therefore, we are to appreciate and accept each other.
Matthew 12:46-50 Family loyalty, accepting one another, tolerance, and balance. We do not quit and find a new family because our feelings are hurt. God has committed Himself to each believer for eternity. How can we justify writing each other off?
Ephesians 4:1-13 We must be diligent to preserve the unity of our family. We need to fight for one another; not fight with each other. We are all children who are in the maturing process.
Galatians 6:1-10 In our family we help one another. We are not shocked because a brother or sister is struggling; rather, we roll up our sleeves and help. Paramount to our success is honesty and openness. We shun hypocrisy by being real. We have no need to put on a false pretense to impress the other members of our family; rather, we can be comfortable to reveal our weakness and sin so that we can get help. In our family we do not recoil from or reject others who are immature or stumbling, because we all do at times. We are not afraid of getting exposed because we are secure in the family relationship.
Romans 14:1-23 The more mature help the less mature. We disciple each other, and in doing so we fulfill our Lord's command.
1 Corinthians 13:1-ff Love for God and each other is our bond.
Hebrews 2:10-13 He is not ashamed to call us brethren, nor are we ashamed to call him Lord and Brother. We are also not ashamed to call each other brethren; rather, we are honored and proud to do so.
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