I want to start out by saying… stating… explaining… that we were never meant to do this, life, on our own. I for one am so very grateful for that. I tried that a time or two and no matter what tools one believes they have, to try and build that type of life, it is not sustainable.
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” II Timothy 4:3-4
It is only through Christ that we are able to see what family and living truly are. This Storge type of love is enhanced, expanded, and immersed, into something greater by God’s love for His children. It is a reflection of true love and who God is.
As we move forward with this family type of love, I hope to be able to encourage this idea of “greater family” we are capable of through Christ. We were made with purpose even before the world was created. Paul writes of such in Ephesians;
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” Ephesians 1:3-6
Family and community are for fostering that love. The need for love was put on our hearts by God. Christ Jesus is the author of our love. The earth is where God has placed us with the purpose for community and family. Storge love is exhibited and grown for the good of man and society as a whole. “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).
Man was created for companionship from the beginning of this age, from the creation of space, time, and matter. The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him” (Genesis 2:18). Also, in Genesis it states, “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; Fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen 1:28a). As humans we have strived for a Storge love since the beginning of time. He created us in His image. It is in our DNA. Humans are drawn to it. The Lord also gives us directions on how to love. In I John 3:18, He tells us not to love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. Why do we love? “We love because he first loved us” (I John 4:19). The care giver, care receiver or any other part of the family, it does not matter, all may share in these characteristics. Families have many working and supporting parts and it builds upon itself in love.
“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” Ephesians 4:16.
As I mentioned last week, family is reflection of one another, and those reflections are extensions of each other, and ultimately with the purpose to be a reflection of Christ and His love. Then, we can truly be living, growing, and on mission. Together, building each other up through the strength of Christ to truly make a difference while we are here on earth. Sunday is my favorite day of the week as I have mentioned here on the blog… but I am beginning to ask myself, what am I doing for those around me, in my circle, at work, or even next door the rest of the week? Do I consider them part of my family? Sunday is wonderful, but what are we to be doing the other six days a week?
Now let’s explore the Agape difference. To be continued…