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Topic: IN-LAWS (07/11/19)
TITLE: IN-LAWS - Our New Covenant Family
By Linda Delgado
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As new believers, we are inheriting new family members in our local church. Often times, because of the way the new in-law is dressed (colors, jewelry . . .), different values, beliefs, etc., take a while to adjust to. Some may never adjust, because of the “tunnel vision” of their faith.
We often times forget the compassion Jesus had for others. He gave us many scenarios, in His Word, on how to love and treat one another. The Lord doesn’t expect us to love one another, just in church, but 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Sometimes our new family members, may say things that hurt us, but we must constantly remind ourselves who we are in Christ. That person may be hurting inside themselves. The best thing to do is to pray for that family member.
Once our new family has started to meld together, we begin to realize how valuable one another is to us; How each member has a specific talent, that causes us all to work like a well-oiled machine.
Becoming “one as He is one” was the heartfelt desire of Jesus. So, we need to pray for our in-laws, whether they are believers or not. Especially, if they have hurt us and have become distant from us. Reconciliation may not come right away, but remember it’s in God’s timing, not ours.
Upon Christs’ return, we will return with Him to Heaven, all our spiritual in-laws will finally be perfect and one with Him!
John 17:11 NKJV
Now I am no longer in the world,
But these are in the world, and I
Come to You. Holy Father, keep
Through Your those whom You
Have given me, that they may be
One as We are.
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