FOSTERING CHRIST-CENTRED RELATIONSHIPS

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“For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.”
Mark 3:35

The Lord Jesus, through his teaching and life, prioritized relationships founded on a supernatural basis over natural relationships. This doesn’t in any way downplay biological relationships.

Spiritual or supernatural relationships are the lens through which biological relationships and every other form of relationship will truly count.

What greater way can we love our siblings but with the love of Christ?
What greater way can we love our spouse but with the love of Christ?
What greater way can we love our parents but with the love of Christ?

What connects us in Christ is stronger. After one of the teachings of Jesus, a certain woman who was overwhelmed by his wisdom said:

“…Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked”
Luke 11:27

The Lord’s response was rather interesting. He said:
“But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it”.
Luke 11:28

On another occasion, He was told that His mother and brothers were standing outside of a certain room where he was teaching. They were waiting to see Him. Jesus clarified again:

“For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.”
Mark 3:35

Was Jesus downplaying biological relationships? Emphatically No.
He was placing a greater emphasis on God-exalting, Christ-centred relationships.

This is why we must all belong to a spiritual family. It is God’s plan for us all.

We must have believers with whom we feel as much at home as with biological family and more.

This is one of the reasons why Paul, in his letter to the church at Galatia instructs that believers show some form of preferential treatment to fellow believers.

“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
Galatians 6:10

The purpose of this isn’t so that we’ll be seen as discriminatory, but for the growth and maturity of the believer.

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