14th December 2012 by Bill Davis
I think we all understand the Family we are born into. There is an even bigger Family; the one we choose. Not to diminish the value of a natural Family, but this Family often provides closer and more meaningful relationships than a “born into” Family. I knew of a man who had an adopted daughter. When asked if she was adopted, he would say; “No, she is our chosen child.” Such as it is with other relationships. There are those that are “chosen”.
Genesis 18:19a Contemporary English Version (CEV); “I have chosen him to teach his family to obey Me forever and to do what is right and fair.”
Mark 10:28-29 Contemporary English Version (CEV); “Peter replied, ‘Remember, we left everything to be your followers!’ Jesus told him: ‘You can be sure that anyone who gives up home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or land for Me and for the good news will be rewarded.”
“Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs. The ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what.”
Mark 3:33-35 Contemporary English Version (CEV); “Jesus asked, ‘Who is My mother and who are My brothers?’ Then He looked at the people sitting around Him and said, ‘Here are My mother and My brothers. Anyone who obeys God is My brother or sister or mother.”
There are situations you have to be in and those you choose to be in. There are people you have to be with and those you choose to be with. I know I would rather be the type of person someone would choose to be with, rather than have to be with.
The most important relationship you will ever have is with God. As God takes control of your heart, His love will fill you and flow through you touching other people. Unselfish love is that which comes from God when you care about Him and the well-being of another person more than that of your own self. The depth of your relationship with God will directly affect the quality of your relationships with others. They say: “You can’t take it with you.” Well, actually you can. You can take the quality of your Christianity and the love you share with others.
Bill Davis          <“)))><

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