When your family doesn’t understand
The Bible says: ‘[Jesus] was surrounded by the crowd when he was given the message, “Your mother and brothers and sisters are outside looking for you.” Jesus responded, “Who do you think are my mother and brothers?” Looking around, taking in everyone seated around him, he said, “Right here, right in front of you – my mother and my brothers. Obedience is thicker than blood. The person who obeys God’s will is my brother and sister and mother”’ (vv. 31-35 MSG). One of the greatest tests of faith we’ll face is friends or family members who don’t understand us or share our values and vision. Facing them calls for wisdom and grace. Even though some of His family didn’t understand Him, Jesus continued to care for them and respect them. However, He refused to let them dictate to Him or alter the assignment He believed God had given Him. His priority was the people who had gathered to hear what He had to say. Are you feeling misunderstood by your friends or family because of your faith? Then pray this prayer: ‘Father, help me to live like Jesus lived – facing those who misunderstand me, hearing their words and feeling the sting of their accusations, but learning to live above them, knowing that You love me. Help me to be gracious towards anyone who is being consumed by resentment and fear. Open their hearts so that they can also come to accept Your love. Give me Your peace, so that even when my loved ones misunderstand me, I’m able to keep my eyes fixed on You and carry on following Your path. Thank You for letting me lean on You and draw on Your strength every day. Amen.’
If you’re feeling misunderstood by friends and family because of your faith, pray the prayer in today’s reading every day, if you can.
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