Family the love test

'My command is this: love each other as I have loved you...' John 15:12 NIV

There's an old French saying which goes like this: 'It is not only necessary to love, it is necessary to say so using words if we have to.' You know, Jesus is pretty serious about this love thing, he commands us to love. 'Yes but, Jesus... you haven't met my brother!'

This is what the Bible says about true love: 'Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not get upset with others. Love does not count up wrongs that have been done. Love takes no pleasure in evil but rejoices over the truth. Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes, and always endures. Love never ends...' (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NCV).

When we read those verses it is a real challenge to be able to swap the word love with your own name. Could you say that about yourself and your relationship with your family? Tough isn't it? Maybe you could start with the little things.

So what now? If you normally wake up with a scowl and a grunt and trundle into the bathroom to find your mum has given you a clean towel, say thank you to her. Little things like this can change a whole person's day and make life more bearable for them. Make someone a cup of tea without being asked. Tidy your room, do your homework, put the bin out. You might make your mum cry - in a good way!

Soulfood: Neh 5-7, Mark 12:1-12, Ps 78:40-55, Prov 24:1-4

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