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Ron Writes

Treating Each Other Like Family

Christians have been referred to as living stones in a temple and as soldiers in an army and as members of a body and competitors in a race and branches on a vine, but it seems more often we are referred to as family. Every Christian is part of the family of God. A song reminds us that we have been taken “from the doors of an orphanage to the house of the king.”

How we treat one another in the church is very important. We’re told “do not sharply rebuke an older man, but appeal to him as a father” (1 Tim. 5:1). It’s ironic that a preacher is told not to rebuke since this is part of his job 2 Tim. 4:2), but the Bible makes it clear we’re to give proper respect to older members. “Appeal” is to exhort or encourage them like a coach or a trainer. Paul continues in this letter to Timothy by saying to treat older women as mothers and younger men and women like brothers and sisters. Everyone in the church is to be treated as someone very important. Everyone is to be treated like family!

Jesus said “there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses, brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms” (Mk. 10:29-30). I’ve been blessed with so many fathers and mothers and special siblings. God has provided us with a family.

We are called on to take care of our church family. One group that can easily be forgotten or overlooked is our widows. We have many wonderful, godly widows here. What would the church be without these wonderful women. Take care of them, because God has a special concern for them (Ps. 68:5; 146:9; Jm. 1:27).

The church is important because family is important. See everyone in the church as close relatives, united by one Father and fellow heirs with our older brother Jesus.