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True Christian living requires us to live according to Kingdom standards which bring Heaven to earth


It says in the scriptures, “A man’s worst enemies, will be they of his own house”. Having been born into a family does not mean everyone in your family will treat you as family. Sometimes, some people in your family may treat you as an enemy. There are some reasons for this.

One reason would be jealousy, like a brother or sister being jealous of the other’s achievements or attention one sibling is getting more than the other from their parents.

Another reason would be spite, due to a family member feeling the need to hurt verbally or physically someone they want to see in a humbled or inferior position in life.

A family member may be controlling and resent the person they are trying to control for resisting their influence over them.

Sometimes, people just hate for no reason.

Whatever the cause, no one should suffer abuse for any reason, just because it comes from someone in one’s family.

A person’s family is the family they make for themselves. A family member is someone, who has your best interest at heart. Someone who will put your needs before their own. Someone who loves you unconditionally. Someone who accepts you with your strengths and your faults. Someone who will support you, even if they cannot support your decisions.

Friends sometimes become family. Devotion is the key. As the scriptures says, “There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother” and “A friend is born for adversity”.

The biggest problem, is when a person listens to a family member belittling them all the time. After awhile, a person loses faith in themselves and their abilities.

It is important to seek God in these situations, as well as in all situations. You cannot second guess God’s Will. You might be surprised what He can do.

Copyright © 2007 Mark Edgemon

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