Family Life

Yesterday was a gift: four events that added up to fellowship with a large number of loved ones. **Thanks, Lord. I needed that.**
I was away from my house all day—but from venue to venue, everywhere I went, I felt at home. I was among Christians, and this family doesn’t reside in a building, but in the Lord: “you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God… Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone… being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.”
At each event, I saw a variety; each is in a different place in our pilgrimage. But breakfast was blessed, the parade was perky, the ladies were lovely, and dinner was delightful. It was obvious that so many were putting on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience (Colossians 3).
We all know, however, about dysfunctional “households.” This often results from failure to put on these fruits of the Spirit. We were reminded in church today (yet more time with my fellow citizens!) of Colossians Chapter 3. Paul describes this gradual undermining of family life. It starts with somebody becoming angry. Left unchecked, that becomes rage. If still uncorrected, that can turn into malice (hate). This can end up in slander and obscene language (railing). Finally, the offended party starts to lie. This downward progression is beyond dysfunctional; it’s destructive.
How much better, the kinds of folks I enjoyed yesterday? The steady progression—all day long—of caring, kind, humble, gentle, patient, beloved family. This is what makes for a happy, peaceful home; and that’s exactly how Paul finishes the passage: “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”

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