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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Brothers & Sisters

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[October 01, 2009]   -- "For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father.  For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters."-Hebrews 2: 11

It is quite easy to forget what is happening in a church.  We come and worship and serve and learn and go home but we forget that we do these things with our spiritual family.  Jesus was quite clear in his ministry that he held his spiritual family, those with whom he shared faith and trust in God, in higher esteem than even his own flesh and blood family.  While it is unlikely that any of us would be so willing to pass over our parents, siblings and children for those with whom we share a pew on Sundays, it does not mean that these people with whom we share faith should not be held in a higher esteem in our lives. 

Whoever shares our faith in Jesus Christ is our brother or our sister.   Even if we disagree with them on every other theological issue, even if they are Republicans and we Democrats or vice versa, even if we don't necessarily like them, we are their family and they our own.  In a day and age that has seen the fragmentation of families and the erosion of social capital as we all go our own ways, it is important for those of us in the Church to celebrate the strong bonds of faith and community which stitch us together.  It is our duty to honor our brothers and sisters in love, humility and peace as we remember that for all we disagree upon, we share something far greater; faith in Jesus Christ and salvation in and through Him. 

Prayer:  Holy God, I pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ.  Help me, O Lord, to feel love them as best as I am able and to serve them as I would serve my own family.  I pray in the name of Jesus the Christ.  Amen.

[text from file received from Phil Blackburn, First Presbyterian Church]


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