Family is a gift from God…well, not mine.

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“So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family” Ephesians 2:19, New Living Translation.

Isn’t this how we feel when our family hurts us? Abuses us? Betrays us? Steals from us? Abandons us? Talks about us? And the list goes on. We all talk about how beautiful family is, but the truth is, family can be downright hurtful. That son who you love and pray for every night can turn around and hurt you. That mother that you so desperately try to please can hurt you. That sister who you would do anything for can hurt you. If family is such a gift, why does it hurt when you receive them into your life?

Are gifts supposed to hurt? I thought gifts were designed to bring you joy and peace. From church family, to physical family, to people I’ve known so long that they’ve become like family. In each instance, I’ve experienced some level of pain and disappointment. But God continues to show me, over and over again, how He loves us and has accepted us into His family through Jesus, weaknesses and all, shortcomings and all, attitudes and all.

He loves us.

No matter what your family has done to you, know that you are a part of God’s family. You have it in you to love them unconditionally. You have it in you to focus on the good. Let God show you how He feels about family. Let Him renew your mind, heal your heart, and transform your life.

Prayer: Oh God, I thank You for ministering to me. Heal every hurt, every wound in my heart. Help to bring back good memories of family to my mind. Help me appreciate the family you’ve given me. I thank you for delivering me from the power of the enemy and placing me in your family. I love being your daughter, and wouldn’t trade it for the world.

(Read 1 Corinthians 13)


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