Do They See the Difference?

And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. Mark 5:18-19 King James Version

Have you ever read a passage of Scripture over and over and one day it became real to you and you finally understood what Jesus was saying to you? If you will read this Scripture verse again with your heart, you will hear Jesus saying to you “Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.” Who lives in your home? The people who are related to you live in your home.

The first thing Jesus is saying to us is that not only are we related to our families, but that we should also be their friends. The second thing Jesus is saying to us that He wants us to tell our families what great things He has done for us and how He has had compassion on us. Is Jesus bragging on Himself? Absolutely not, He just wants us to tell our families that He loves them as much as He loves us and that He is compassionate, loving and understanding.

However, it is very important that your family sees the difference that Jesus has made in your heart and life. You can tell them He has made a difference but if your family doesn’t see the difference He has made in the way that you live your life, they will not believe you. How tragic it would be if our families didn’t accept Jesus as their personal Saviour because of the way we treat them and the way we live.

Does your family know that Jesus loves them by the way that you treat them? Are you saying kind and encouraging words to them or are you saying cruel and criticizing words to them? Do they see the joy of Jesus on your face and hear His unconditional love in your words or do you constantly frown at them and say discouraging words to them? May God have mercy on us and forgive us for the way we treat our families.

JoanneCopyright 2008 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved.
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