There are many ways that Christians interact with one another. They relate as acquaintances. Sometimes, they interact as employees and employers. They look at one another a volunteers or as people who share membership in an organization.
But, I think something changes (drastically) when we become family. I’m not talking about tacking the titles “brother” or “sister” onto someone’s name. I’m talking about truly being family, actually being and living as brothers and sisters of one another, with God as our father.
The way that we talk to each other changes. The way that we think about and care for one another changes. What we expect of each other (and ourselves) changes.
When we become family, everything about our life together will change. Of course, when we become family, we will actually have life together.
The problem is, apart from being and living as family, the scriptural instructions and descriptions concerning our life together (i.e., “love one another,” “serve one another,” “forgive one another,” “teach one another”) are always misconstrued. These instructions and descriptions only make sense within familial relationships.
Of course, in Christ, we are family. The question now is, will we recognize and live out our familial relationships with one another?