Sometimes I think I’ve had it bad. I get so regretful and sad when I think of the fact that I don’t have a full family picture. Some of my siblings struggle with resentment issues with the family and there’s also the issue of subtle disconnect amongst us as a whole, that is, if there is a whole.
And frankly, I thought my past was sad enough until I met these group of friends in Christ that I can now call family; a wholesome one. They’ve gone through sooo much worse than I have. In fact, what did I even go through, compared to theirs? But they love so well. And I know it is only because of Christ. We’re just a group of three 18 year olds and a 20 year old but God is doing mighty things in our lives, even though we fail to notice it at times.
Regardless of the terrible terrible things that have occurred and still occur in each of our families, God has had it that we relate well and lovingly to one another. We choose to set aside whatever past struggles we’ve faced, whatever family issues we’ve had and understand that the world does not revolve around us; that everyone has gone through issues.
So we choose to love. We know that to love, is to give. We give ourselves to one another in good times and bad times, sharing amongst ourselves our burdens or struggles and good times or testimonies. We understand that to be a family in Christ is to allow Christ to change us and use us to encourage, build, sympathise, love, discipline, comfort, and cherish one another in Christ. It is not about receiving. God so loved the world that He GAVE His only Son.
Because of the sacrifice of the Son of God, we four can, as can many others too, be United as one family, in Christ, through His blood that was shed.
I love my family, both biological and Christ related. And I pray to be able to show this love, in a Christ like manner, more and more, with each passing day.