A Family Affair: Your Eternal Family

In this Part 3 of Pastor Wayne’s teaching, we outline the third family each of us have. For context on this 3-part series, check out yesterday’s post.

Future: Your Eternal Family.

Did you know that you have a third family?

The Bible says, “He [Jesus] replied to him, ‘Who is My mother, and who are My brothers?’ Pointing to His disciples, He said, ‘Here are My mother and My brothers. Whoever does the will of My Father is My brother and sister and mother'” (Matt. 12:48-50)

Your home church is a part of your eternal family. And how we live and breathe and how we relate to this family is very important to our future. It is so important that Jesus gives a new commandment:

“A new commandment give I unto you that you love one another even as I have loved you. By this shall all men know that you are My disciples” (John 13:34-35).

If you don’t understand how God loves you, then you will have a really funky love for one another. You will have a performance oriented love, a guilty love, and an insecure love. That’s why God says I want you to know me, because the more you know my love for you the clearer, the cleaner, the more accurate, and gracious your love will be one for another.

The way we love one another reveals the extent to which we understand God’s love for us. Or do you portray a weird love that is selfish or maneuvering or manipulative or guilt bearing or a low quality of love? That is why it is so important to get God’s love through the church, through devotions, so that you will know how God loves you. And that’s the best thing you can do for your spouse when you know how much He loves you because you will transfer this love to her.

Likewise here in this church you are going to be a gatekeeper sometimes, a mediator, cheerleader, prayer warrior, supporter, investor, mentor, and peacemaker. So you are going to have to love people in that quality. And then you begin to develop a full orbit of love for one another. But if you always start picking at one another’s scabs and thinking that’s ok, then God is saying no; and He wants to remind you of what happened to Paul on the road to Damascus where He knocks him off his horse and blinds him. Then He says,“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” So it is when you persecute the church, Jesus says that you are doing it to Him. Why are you gossiping against Him? For the church is called the bride of Christ. And so, if you are persecuting His bride, you are persecuting Him.

Loving His bride shows your love for the bridegroom. The Bible says, “That which you do to the least of my brethren is that which you do unto me.” (Mat. 25:40) In other words, that which you do to the least of Christ’s brethren, (Christian people) is what you do unto Him. Consequently you love God only as much as the one you love the least. That’s the true measure of your love vertically. So when you forgive that means your love for Jesus is growing.

The way we love one another reveals the extent of how much we understand God’s love for us. Loving His bride shows your love for the bridegroom.

Lesson: We need each other to be complete. We don’t like it but that is just part of family discipline.

The above article is part of a sermon series by Pastor Wayne Cordeiro from 2013. You can find all of his sermons at New Hope here.

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