We Are Family, Part 2

Hello, lovelies. Welcome to Loving Mondays. Sorry this took so long. It seems that when I try to make promises about when something is coming out life gets in the way. The last few weeks I’ve been dealing with sickness, anxiety, trying to find a job, and the holidays. Not an excuse because I was being quite lazy, but it’s life. This post might not cover everything I want to, but that’s where future posts come in.

Last Loving Mondays we posted about family. That family is more than just the people you share DNA with. You can create a family, create bonds that are strong built on mutual interest, respect, or a variety of other things.

I mentioned church family in that post, but along with that is a spiritual family. It’s important to point out that they are two different things. A church family is made up of people you go to church with, as the name implies. That’s all it is. Nothing else is required. A spiritual family doesn’t depend on what church you go to or even if you know the person intimately. It’s about your belief.

Sharing a belief connects you to people around the world, especially when it comes to faith. Within the Christian faith it is not only about a shared faith but also a shared relationship with Jesus Christ, being co-heirs with Christ and children of God.

Romans 8:14-17 (NIV) reads “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

In receiving the Spirit we are adopted as Children of God. Sounds great, but how does it happen? “So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith…so in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”(Galatians 3:24-27 NIV)

According to my Logos app, the word clothed in this scripture, which is ‘put on’ in some translations, means to metaphorically acquire the qualities. So, because we believe in Jesus and what He did on the cross, we have acquired the signed adoption papers from God in the form of the Holy Spirit.

In having a spiritual family we have a community of fellow believers, people who have an understanding of what we value. They provide support and help us grow. I’m already thinking of scripture that I can use here to identify what the importance and value of a spiritual family, but that will have to wait. I know myself well enough to know that if I don’t post this pieced together post now, I won’t post anything today.

Hopefully next post will be more inspired instead of me trying to finish something I left undone. Sorry if there’s a lack of flow. I only reread the last sentence I had written weeks prior before continuing the post. Regardless, I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season.

 

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