Words from the Heart for Saturday August 11th, 2018
But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.
I Timothy 5:8 (NLT)
Caring for Family
Again, the issue in this verse is stewardship. We have an obligation to the Lord for how we treat others but especially those of our own families. Take a few minutes today to lift those closest to you up to the Lord in prayer by name. Ask the Lord how He will use you to bless them and meet their needs.
When the results of the 2016 census were released, it revealed a shift in the most common makeup of families in Canada. The census found that the number of single-person households is on the rise in a major way. Singles accounted for 28.2 per cent of all households across the country in 2015, the highest share since Confederation. For the first time, this is now the most common type of household in Canada, surpassing even couples with children (26.5 per cent).
Our faith in Christ ought to affect far more than just our relationship with our Creator God. When Jesus transforms our lives, He calls us to be instruments of reconciliation with others as well. The Christian faith may start with the healing of a vertical relationship between God and us, but it leads to the healing of horizontal relationships between us and others. And this is particularly so when it comes to those with whom we are closest. Look at how the apostle Paul speaks about the call to care for members of our human family in 1 Timothy 5:8, “But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.” Followers of Jesus Christ are called to testify to our faith by caring for those with whom we are the closest – our family members. Even unbelievers will care for family members – to not do so makes us “worse than unbelievers” to use Paul’s words. Who in your family needs your compassion today? With whom can you share the love of Jesus today? Sharing Jesus’ love begins with your family.
These have been words from the heart.