27 Jan Family Divided (Mk 3:35) by Dr. Rich Reich
“Whoever does the will of God is brother and sister and mother to me.” ~ Mk 3:35 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: You may find yourself divided with your family or friends on the issue of abortion. Jesus said that He came for division, to divide a family three against two (Lk 12:52). He meant that some family members would receive Him and accept His Gospel of Life, and others would reject Him and belong to the Culture of Death. You obviously love your family and friends, and so having your pro-life views rejected is painful. Yet Jesus offers us the greatest consolation amidst our pain: by doing the will of God, we are adopted and transplanted into the family of God (Mk 3:35). We become a member of Christ’s family, united in love through the Holy Spirit; and united in our respect for the dignity of human life. However, do not give up on your family and friends. Continue to love and pray for them. Your love and prayers may not seem to be having any impact, and it may seem that they are even making the situation worse. Keep persevering anyway. Day by day, the Lord is working behind the scenes (Mk 4:26) to unite your family in Him. Jesus is the stumbling Stone that smashes a family apart (Mt 21:44) and the Cornerstone upon Which the family is restored (Mt 21:42; Ps 118:22).
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the National LIFE Runners Team. He is married to Erica and lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Full bio..
Faith Challenge: Pray for your family and friends that they may share in our respect for the dignity of all human life.
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Faith Quote: “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
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