OUR GOD is a God of relationship, who invites us into God’s family. When our families get along, we see a beautiful reflection of God’s love – family members who serve, listen, communicate clearly, and set healthy boundaries; who bear with one another and forgive as God forgives them (Colossians 3:13). When family members don’t get along, we may try to be a peacemaker, but sometimes the fights in our families are bigger than we can fix on our own.
Even with God’s help, we can’t make our relatives get along. We can be responsible only for our own thoughts, words, and behavior. We can forgive and let people know when they have hurt us. We can try not to hurt our family and ask for forgiveness when we do. But we can’t fix the problems between our family members. We can’t save them from addiction abuse, or other issues that often trigger arguments. Watching family members fight can be painful, but we believe in a God of never-ending love who invites us into a family of love.
God never gives up on us or on our families. God fights for us even while our family members are fighting. That is good news!
—Katie Mason Daley [Saint Paul, Minnesota]
devozine, March/April 2018
From page 7 of devozine, the devotional lifestyle magazine for teens, March/April 2018. Copyright © 2018 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Where do you see your faith at work within your family and relationships? Share your thoughts.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
John 10:11, NRSV
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This week we remember: Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (April 17).
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