This summer I celebrate 15 years of marriage. It’s been a wonderful, wild ride. Those first months and years were spent learning what it means to be a family as husband and wife, but also with extended family. Not only did I have a new “immediate” family, but suddenly my extended family had more than doubled, and I had a big one to start with!
It’s difficult adjusting to new family systems. There’s a learning period as you start to understand all the family dynamics. Those dynamics are even different for your spouse as their relationship with family has shifted as well. The transition might even be painful at times. In the end, the added family has been a blessing to both of us.
Jesus came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:11-13
One of the reasons that Jesus came to earth was to welcome us into a new family. God loves everyone, but those who believe in Jesus become children of God. For some, this may be a stumbling block. Because we are sinful, our family systems and dynamics are not always perfect. Sometimes parents hurt their children. Sometimes a spouse breaks a trust.
If you’ve experienced pain in your family system, it might be difficult to relate to God as a loving Father. But unlike us, He is perfect and without sin. When you join His family through Jesus, you enter into a relationship that will never let you down. God will never stop loving you, no matter how many bad choices you make. He will never leave you, no matter how many times you go your own way. He’s always there, loving you with the everlasting love of a perfect Father.