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The Sacred Circle of Family: God’s Masterpiece

1 Timothy 5:8

But if any do not provide not for their own, and specially for those of his own house, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

Today I am moved to speak on a topic very dear to my heart and foundational to the heart of God. I wish to delve into the significance of those who have been given unto us, whom we call family. Precious and treasured are these bonds, for they are woven deeply into our souls and contribute immensely to our lives.


The Bible graciously tells us, "And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand" (Mark 3:25). This verse serves as a divine reminder that unity within the realms of the family fosters the strength and stability required for weathering the torrents of life.


Family is God's initial gift to us even before we are born. Arriving into this world, we are nestled within the embrace of those who share our blood, our lineage, and often, our very likeness. The family is the divine reflection of God's unending love for us.


Just as God is three-in-one, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the family unit also mirrors the divine blueprint of the Creator: the union of man, woman, and child. This sacred circle of family reflects our heavenly Father's heart - an unbroken, continuous symbol of His eternal love and faithfulness.


Let us not forget the holy counsel given in Proverbs 1:8, "Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching." The family serves as an earthly classroom where the lessons of love, patience, forgiveness, shared joy, and shared sorrow are meticulously taught.


Yet, the complexity of human relationships often results in disagreements and conflicts, even within the secure borders of family. These trials, while challenging, are opportunities for growth, mirroring the refiner’s fire that purifies us to shine brighter in God’s love.


Our Saviour Jesus Christ exemplified the importance of family throughout His earthly journey. John 19:26-27, we see Jesus, even in His most agonizing hour on the cross, entrusting His beloved mother to the care of His disciple, John. This act of provision serves as a testament to the enduring value of family.


Let us be encouraged to cherish the family God has given us. If there are fences that need mending, words of love and forgiveness that need uttering, hands that need reaching out, let us attend to these without delay. For "above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins" (1 Peter 4:8).


May we be inspired to live with compassion, understanding, and patience, nurturing the bond of the family, just as the Lord nurtures us as His children. After all, as Paul remarks in Ephesians 3:15, "from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name."


Beloved, I urge us all to honour the sacred circle of our families, recognising its profound significance in our spiritual journey. We must cherish this God-given gift, nurturing it, strengthening it, and allowing it to be a beacon of His love for a world in need. In this way, our families can truly be God's masterpiece of love, reflecting His divine image in the world.