Just like marriage, family is God’s idea. God intended family as a place of nurture, guidance, protection, forgiveness and love. However, He knows that in this fallen world, many people do not grow up in families like that… perhaps you are among them.
The good news is that our Heavenly Father has made provision for everyone to experience family as He intended. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord, we enter into God’s family _ we become His children, sons and daughters of the Most High.
Psalm 68:6 says, “God sets the solitary in families”, a beautiful picture of His heart for the alone and the rejected. The power of any healthy family lies in its unconditional embrace. For the lonely, the grieving or the abandoned the embrace of family brings healing and wholeness. Our churches are a family, created to accept “whosoever will may come” (Rev 22:17). Building relationships within our churches is a wonderful way to experience the benefits of family connection.
When you were born, you became a part of someone else’s family but when you become a parent, you will create a family of your own. As parents, we long to provide the very best we can for our children.
You may look at your family and be discouraged or you may be at a loss to know what to do to help your children. Take heart – your Heavenly Father has provided you with a wealth of wisdom and counsel in His Word, an – open-all-hours – access to Him through prayer and a church family offering love and support.
PRAYER: God, You are my Father. Thank You for the gift of family. I ask You for the wisdom and understanding to appreciate and nurture my own family and to strengthen and support other families in my world. In Jesus’ Name.
—from “How to Maximize Your Life” Daily Devotional
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