In the Family
When my children were little and someone would call them ďstupidĒ or some other ugly name Iíd get
really upset. They arenít little anymore but I still get pretty upset when that happens.
I had a neighbor who used to call each one of my children names. We had ďLumpyĒ and others in our family as far as she was concerned. I know she wasnít trying to be mean but it used to irritate me to no end.
Every time she called them that the hairs on my neck would stand up straight.
It seemed when she was taking a ďpokeĒ at my kids she was taking a ďpokeĒ at me. It wasnít nice and it wasnít harmless. It hurt. Every time I heard it, it seemed as though it was not only a poor reflection on them but their entire genealogy .
I love my kids very much. Theyíre my family.
Where I come from you look out for family.
Parents protect their kids. Brothers and sisters protect each other. Kids protect their parents.
Itís like that with most people. Everybody protects each other. Thatís just the way things are supposed to be.
Calling someone a name isnít a smart thing to do. Itís going to get a brother, sister, mother, father or even a distant cousin angry with you.
You shouldnít do it. Itís plain rude. Itís WRONG.
As a Christian, my family is of royal blood. My Father is the Almighty Living God. My brother is Jesus. The Holy Ghost is family, too. For that matter, all Christians are my brothers and sisters. Itís a big family.
We look out for each other. And He looks out for us. All of us.
He gets upset when someone calls one of His kids ugly names or does a nasty deed to us.
ď...I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse...Ē
Genesis 12:3 (N I V)
Itís not just a bad thing to God itís SIN.
Sin has consequences. It doesnít matter how many times you go to church. Sin is always repaid. ALWAYS.
It doesnít matter whether you meant to be mean or not. Donít do it.
Sin is sin. Itís all equal. Thereís no such thing as a bigger sin.
Murder is just as bad as calling someone names.
(Iím not suggesting you go out and murder----youĎre still sinning.)
When you call somebody foul things thatís the same as calling Godís kid, His creation, foul things.
Youíre questioning whether God did a good job with that personís creation. Youíre questioning Godís abilities.
In that perspective it doesnít seem so harmless, does it?
God will still love you. Heíll still want you in the family. Heíll still look out for you.
He hates the sin, not you.
I hated the things my neighbor said but I still liked her. She was a good neighbor and a good friend.
Before you say something nasty about someone THINK about it. You might even want to say something nice. That would open you up to the blessings of God.
Read the passage again and youíll understand what I mean.
If someoneís been calling you names, donít worry about it. Your Fatherís got you covered. Youíre in the family and family takes care of family. Weíve got one very big family, too. Weíre special. Weíre of a royal blood line. Now whoís going to name-call the Kingís kid and get away with it?
I guess thatís what the Bible means when weíre told to fill our mouths with good things. Thatís good advice. Iím going to try it, how about you?
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