Our family should be our closest human friends!
God has a beautiful plan in how He designed the family. This plan includes the fact that:
~ God gave them to us for our best.
~ God will use them to shape us into His character and prepare us for all that He has for our life.
~ They are intended to be our key source of support, guidance, and protection.
~ They are your #1 mission field.
The more we embrace His plan wholeheartedly, the more we will find the amazing results of pursuing close family relationships!
Seek to do one thing to encourage, help, or invest in each of your family members!
Ideas of what you can do include:
~ Write a note of encouragement
~ Wash dishes for your mom or doing someone’s chore
~ Play Legos or dolls with your little siblings
~ Take time to talk and be interested in what is important to them
~ Praise them for a quality that you appreciate about them
~ Memorize a Bible verse or pray together
~ or, anything else you know would bless them!
Remember that as you taste the Lord’s love, He will fill you with His love more and more. You need His love and grace to love your family and others like you should!
"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." Matthew 22:37-40
It is key that you do your part to keep on loving your family and making an effort in the relationship, no matter what! Often it just takes you reaching out to develop deep relationships that will last for life!
"If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all." Rom. 12:18
" Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" Psalms 133:1