DAILY DEVOTIONAL FROM PASTOR WESLEY March 23, 2022
Expanding Your Family
When we encounter someone from a broken family, we should respond with compassion, not judgment.
There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor? James 4:6
Family can be complicated—we can’t choose the one we’re born into or control how it evolves. So though we hope for the best, not everyone can depend on family for support, and those without it are left vulnerable.
Some believers might be tempted to shame or judge broken families, but our job is not to determine whether a person deserves our compassion—only God is judge Instead, we are simply to be compassionate and remain humble about our own circumstances. If God’s love is truly in our heart, we can—like the Good Samaritan—move beyond judgments and draw near to fully understand someone’s story ``But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion.” ,Luke 10:33). Then the love will follow. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7).
God’s Word is full of commands to care for widows and orphans because He believes everyone belongs. Let’s watch for people going through life alone—and offer them the love and support of a family.
Think about it
Do you know someone who’s without loved ones or who suffers from loneliness? Consider offering an invitation to join you in a family activity this week—dinner at home, movie night, a walk through the park, or even a trip to the store.
This is Dr. Michael Wesley, Sr.'s latest book on the subject of marriage. As a Pastor he has counseled many couples before, during, and after marriage so this has given him keen insight into the marital relationship. He himself has been married to the same woman for over 40 years so he has a wealth of knowledge on this subject. In this book Dr. Wesley covers that marriage comes from God, the keys to compatibility, the keys to staying in love, and even what to do if you feel you have married the wrong person. This is an excellent read if you are considering marriage in the future or even if you are currently married.