It’s hard enough when people are mean to you, but it’s especially hard when those people are your own family. Unfortunately you may never get family members to treat you fairly or even care. The good news, however, is that you don’t have to put up with being mistreated. But to you who want to take action and are listening, follow the advice of Jesus who said love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on your cheek, turn to them, the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you. And if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. The only fighting your family should be doing is the good fight of faith. Behaving badly is not only disrespectful, it is just plain stupid. Forgiving this person for whatever he or she has done to you will free up your mental space. It takes a huge load off your shoulders.
Good things happen when families are in harmony. We are here on the earth as one big family and harmony begins within. When families work, it’s because someone takes the time for getting along. You can be the person who brings peace to your family or tries to. If not, then don’t hate them and you don’t have to talk or hang out, just love them from a distance.
Lord, let your love take control of our thoughts, actions and words as we interact with each other. Heavenly Father, I bring our family before your throne. Please help us to value each other the same way you value us and give us the grace to treat each other right. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
Minister D. G. LeVanseler