Why families? Why didn’t God just make individuals? The answer is obvious: He knew that we needed each other and that is just as true today as when God created Adam and Eve and declared: “….(It is) not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” (From Genesis 2:18). A good family loves, supports, shares, helps, prays, works together, and protects the family’s name and reputation. These are the responsibilities we all have toward each other, loving and being loved as a family. As part of God’s family, we have similar “Spiritual” responsibilities and privileges. Paul prayed to the Father in Ephesians 3:14 and adds this fact about the Father in Verse 15: “Of Whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.” This family is the greatest of all families and to be born into this family is to be overwhelmingly blessed. And that is what takes place when we receive Jesus as Savior and Lord! Gloria and William Gaither wrote about, “The Family of God.” This is how they put it: “You will notice we say “brother” and “sister” ’round here, it’s because we’re a family and these folks are so near; when one has a heartache we all share the tears, and rejoice in each victory in this family so dear. From the door of an orphanage to the house of the King, no longer an outcast, a new song I sing; from rags unto riches, from the weak to the strong, I’m not worthy to be here, but, praise God, I belong! I’m so glad I’m a part of the family of God, I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood! Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod, for I’m part of the family, the family of God.” Selah! Let’s behave and function as becomes members of God’s family and honor and glorify that Holy Name by which we are called!   Ron

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