1) Hebrews 2:10 (NCV); 2) 1 John 3:1a (NLT)
1) God is the One who made all things, and all things are for his glory. He wanted to have many children share his glory, so he made the One who leads people to salvation perfect through suffering. 2) See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!
As a child I was part a very big extended family of cousins, aunts and uncles. We lived very different lives in quite diverse suburbs. Yet even now when we connect there is a sense of acceptance and love. We may not always agree, we have differing points of view and yet without exception I have watched individuals put their own opinions aside to support, include and love one another. The more family tree research is done the more I see this attitude reflected in the past of my family as well. While I realise this will not be everyone’s personal family experience, it reminds me how much as chosen children of God we need to take up this same attitude of love and acceptance of each other. God himself has set the standard – we are all loved and precious to him. We need to work together to be family to each other, accepting differences, seeking to understand and actively loving and supporting just as our Heavenly Father does for us. Jesus is our common DNA.
Heavenly Father give us your grace in our lives to love and support one another. Help us to remember that we are yours – called and chosen. And help us Lord, to always seek to accept each other just as you accept each one of us. In the name of Jesus. Amen
Written by Christine Knight