We have attended several family funerals lately. They used to be big affairs with dozens of aunties, uncles and cousins in attendance. Unfortunately, our numbers have severally dwindled over the years. That means that the few attending are more precious then ever. While they may have been fringe members at one time, now they are more precious.
We choose our friends but we are stuck with our families. Is that really true? We have family members that we stay in touch with and others that slide by the wayside. We might be related on paper, but we are not best buds for sure. Dwindling numbers change all that.
How do you gauge your family relationships? Are there relatives you entertain just because Mom asked you to or Dad likes to visit with them?
That makes this verse a bit hard to take doesn’t it?
Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family], giving precedence and showing honor to one another. (Romans 12:10, AMP)
As usual, God’s word gets to the core of the problem.
Prayer-Lord, help us to make loving, wise choices in both friends and family. Amen.