… the love between siblings and cousins, the love for grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews. You can choose your friends, but not your family – how true! Many of us have relatives that if given a choice, might not be our “friend.” Nonetheless, they are a part of our family. It is the family bond that keeps us together in the good times and the bad – we are there for each other, especially in those bad times, when “friends” run in the opposite direction.
We show our friends our good side for the most part, with the not-so-good stuff kept buried in our past. However, it is our family members who have seen it all and in spite of that are by our sides when needed most. Why? Family love draws them to our sides. This inseparable bond is the glue that holds us together.
This kind of love is powerful. It gets us through the loss of loved ones, illness and strife. It affirms us when no one else will.
Christ is our brother and shares familial love with us. He has seen it all – our good and our bad; yet He is always by our side. He will never leave us, as our so-called friends might. He will see us through the loss of loved ones, illness and strife. Christ’s love affirms us. In Hebrews 13:5 He promises us, “I will never forsake you or abandon you.” That is family love!
So, take a moment and give some thought to the love the Father has for you as His child. Think about the love Christ has for you as your brother. Then think about your family, your blood relations, and try to view them through God’s eyes. Note the love that God has for each of them. He has that same love for you!