THE FAMILY OF GOD
I am writing this article for all of you who’s heart longs for a family. I am, also writing this article for
those who are born again so you know how to act in the body of believers.
Nobody could pick the family they were born into, but, you did choose the family you were born again
into! You chose to be a member of the family of God.
Romans 10:9-10 (KJV)
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath
raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto
Ephesians 3:14-21 (KJV)
14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might
by his Spirit in the inner man;
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
Ephesians 2:19-22 (KJV)
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the
household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Just to be in a family is not enough. It is to have people who love you, who are concerned with your
wellbeing. It is having someone to talk to. It is having people to share with and enjoy life with.
As a member of the Household of God we have certain responsibilities just like when I was a child I had
rules to run by. Things like “ don’t hit your sister,” “play nice,” “be home for dinner.” The responsibilities
that we have as members of the family of God make for the sweetest fellowship this side of heaven. Let
me share some of these responsibilities.
Galatians 6:9-10 (KJV)
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the
household of faith.
1 John 3:16-18 (KJV)
16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our
lives for the brethren.17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of
compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
Are you starting to get an idea of the walk of a Christian in the body of believers? It is a walk of love. It is
a walk of tenderness. It is a walk free of selfishness.
1 Peter 3:8-9 (KJV)
8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful,
9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye
are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
1 Peter 1:22 (KJV)
22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the
brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
If only the Christians would do what God commands us! When you happen upon a fellowship that is
really operating these principles it will feel like cool water on a hot day. It will bless you right down to
your socks because the love of God is manifest in that group.
James 4:11 (KJV)
11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren.
2 Thessalonians 3:13 (KJV)
13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11-15 (KJV)
11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord,
and admonish you;
13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the
weak, be patient toward all men.
15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among
yourselves, and to all men.
Galatians 6:1 (KJV)
1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the
spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.1 Corinthians 8:7-13 (KJV)
7 Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto
this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.
8 But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat
not, are we the worse.
9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are
10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the
conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;
11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against
13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest
I make my brother to offend.
1 Corinthians 1:10 (KJV)
10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same
thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the
same mind and in the same judgment.
When you are born of God’s spirit you ARE a member of the family of God! Jesus Christ is our
brother! The only way that we can see the greatness of that family while we are here on Earth is
to, by our own free will, start acting the part. Love, exhort, give expecting nothing in return.
When you do this it WILL be contagious and soon your whole congregation will be enjoying the
sweetest fellowship this side of Heaven.