A Heavenly Affirmation

I will be your father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. 2 CORINTHIANS 6:18

Each of us has a fantasy that our family will be like the Waltons, an expectation that our dearest friends will be our next of kin. Jesus didn’t have that expectation. Look how he defined his family: “My true brother and sister and mother are those who do what God wants” (Mark 3:35).

When Jesus’ brother didn’t share his convictions, he didn’t try to force them. He recognized that his spiritual family could provide what his physical family didn’t.…

We can’t control the way our family responds to us. When it comes to the behavior of others toward us, our hands are tied. We have to move beyond the naive expectation that if we do good, people will treat us right. The fact is they may and they may not—we cannot control how people respond to us.…

Let God give you what your family doesn’t. If your earthly father doesn’t affirm you, then let your heavenly Father take his place.…

[And] don’t lose heart. God still changes families.

He Still Moves Stones

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