No doubt from time to time you’ve thought: “If only my family were normal like everyone else’s!” Sure you have … because somehow we still believe in the fairy tale of the “perfect family”. Yeah, right! We might as well believe in the tooth fairy and Santa Claus.

I want to share a passage of Scripture with you today that on the surface appears to have nothing to do with your family, and yet …

Romans 5:3-8 And we are also happy with the troubles we have. Why are we happy with troubles? Because we know that these troubles make us more patient. And this patience is proof that we are strong. And this proof gives us hope. And this hope will never disappoint us. We know this because God has poured out his love to fill our hearts through the Holy Spirit he gave us. Christ died for us when we were unable to help ourselves. We were living against God, but at just the right time Christ died for us. Very few people will die to save the life of someone else, even if it is for a good person. Someone might be willing to die for an especially good person. But Christ died for us while we were still sinners, and by this God showed how much he loves us.

Jesus died for you and for me while we were still sinners; while we were rebellious and disrespectful. By this, He showed us how much He loves us.

So as your family troubles come and go, will you do the same? Will you show them how much you love them through your patience, your hope, your sacrifice? Well, will you?

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.

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