God’s word says there will be division not peace. Luke 12 says:
52 For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
There are all sorts of Mother-in-law jokes floating around and have been probably since the beginning of mother-in-laws.
All that to say, sometimes family is not always who you think of. Family is not always related by the blood of the flesh. Sometimes our closet family are those related by the blood of the spirit, by the blood of Christ.
Sometimes they love better than our blood or marriage family does. . Sometimes they forgive easier, sometimes they live grace more beautifully.
And while on one hand, that can be sad, on the other hand, it’s a very beautiful thing.
Jesus loved us enough to knowingly shed His blood on the cross, in our place. He knows us. Our EVERY wart, our EVERY stain. He’s seen us without makeup, naked and shamed. Everything in our past, in our present and in our future. There is no where to hide from the one who created us.
And He loves us perfectly. He loves us when others will not.
I believe this is a reminder to us, don’t hold people to the perfect standard that only God himself can attain.
It is a reminder that we need to forgive those who have wronged us, whether they ask for it or not. (Boundaries may still be needed) but forgiving brings freedom.
It is a reminder to offer grace to those in your life that have hurt you. Again, boundaries may be needed, but it frees your heart.
Instead of lamenting the relationship you may not have, be thankful for those in your life that know you,warts and all. Be thankful for those that love you to the best of there ability and for those you love to the best of your ability as you strive to model the love of Christ to those in your lives.
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