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“I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.1 John 4:20 ESV
God has been speaking to me a lot lately about family. It’s important to Him. He is love and one of the reasons He created man was so that He could share that love. The reason He sent His Son, Jesus, was so that He could heal His family. So that we could have a relationship with Him again, as Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden, and become all that He created us to be.
Many of us have difficult family members and sometimes it feels so hard to love them how we know God wants us to. In my family, I have a close relative who has battled addiction for over four decades. I love him and I know God loves him and wants to see him healed more than I do. But I get angry at how his life choices have affected his life and my own. And in the past, I’ve worn myself out trying to help save him from himself.
Many of our families are burdened by generational curses God wants to fix. Maybe those curses have already been verbally broken over your life. But there’s a practical side to breaking generational curses that involve fixing relationships. I’ve learned that while it’s not my job to save my relative, it’s my job to love him. Yes, that’s hard to do sometimes, but I can learn to love him well if I allow the Holy Spirit to lead me day by day.
Is there someone in your family you can love better? Is there a relationship that you need to mend? Ask God to show you how to love them as He does.
Prayer: Father, thank you for sending your son, Jesus Christ, so we could have a familial relationship with you again. I know that family is important to you. You chose the family that I would belong to, so help me to honor your choice by loving them the way that You love them. I know that can be difficult sometimes, but I chose to trust You and follow your lead as you show me how.
Deborah Ruck @ As Bold As THE Lion blog