Sometimes it’s easier to love strangers than it is to love family members. Let’s be honest: Our biological families can get on our last nerves! Some relatives take us for granted, only call when they need something, and drag us into mess that we don’t want to be a part of. – But, the Bible teaches that we can’t turn our back on our families.
1 Timothy 5:8 states,
“Everyone should take care of all their own people. Most important, they should take care of their own family. If they do not do that, then they do not accept what we believe. They are worse than someone who does not even believe in God” (Easy to Read Version).
It’s common for Christians to show compassion at church, in their communities, and through missions abroad. Yet, they have family members who are struggling and hurting. Yes, I know, the people who are closest to us can be the toughest to love. However, remember this: Ministry doesn’t begin in the world. It begins within our families. So pick up the phone, offer a helping hand, and serve God by loving your family.