Family is an important staple of life.  We all belong to a family, however anger, hate, greed, jealousy and animosity can shred this staple to pieces.  Forgivness is the key that God will use to unlock the door to a solid foundation with each individual bonded together by His unconditional love.  No family is perfect.  No person is perfect.  God is the only perfect being, so in order to live according to His word, we have to, we must forgive our family as He has forgiven us.  Life is too short to constantly carry the burdens of hate, jealously, greed and animosity, so I dare each of you to take the first step in mending a relationship with a family member whether it is your father, mother, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, cousin or grandparent because after that individual is gone it’s too late.  We cannot choose our family, so we have to love the one we have.  We must own our personal faults and realize that others have faults and they are no different than ours.  We can only embark upon a wave of change if we first begin with self.  We must then hold ourselves accountable to the high standards that we so eagerly set for others.  Furthermore, we often hear about broken families.  Broken is not a word we should readily identify with family, but the words strength, happiness, joy, togetherness and love are the principles on which familes should be based.  God created the family stucture for a reason.  In His word he gives us instructions regarding family like, “But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children”–Psalms 103:17.  Family should be embedded in our hearts and minds as we are apart of His family.  Do not allow the circle to be broken, but let your family circle be a never ending circle of love rooted firmly according to God’s principles.

Finally, as the saying goes,  “A family that prays together stays together”. Call a family member today just to say hi and tell them you love them.

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