Family Ties & the Ties That Bind

Just this past week, my father-in-law was in the hospital for back surgery, which meant our family spent a lot of time in the hospital waiting room (a long-5 hour surgery), trekking down to the hospital for post-surgery visits, and praying for his recovery. Often, our ties within our immediate and extended family grow stronger during times of illness (hospitalization), times of celebration (weddings, Christmas, birthdays), as well as times of deep sorrow. Sometimes, our ties to our family are broken, and those broken ties may be renewed, becoming even stronger.

But, what about our ties to Christ? Are these stronger during those same life events and situations? Or, do we take advantage of in-between moments to strengthen our bond? Being strong in our faith and our commitment to Christ should traverse time and events, and be a part of us, regardless of those times of great joy or great sorrow. Beyond that, it is possible that we are continually making new ties and even breaking older ones, as yet another way to strengthen our bond with Christ.

With our relationship with Christ, it is not an earthly tie like family, marriage, or friendship, rather is it love that is not easily broken.

Colossians 2: 1-3 1 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf and for those who are at Laodicea, and for all those who have not personally seen my face,2 that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ Himself,3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.…

Colossians 3:14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

May your day today and all your tomorrows be blessed with love that allows you to strengthen your bond with Christ, for we are all wealthy by these ties that bind us to Him.

Sarah Thompson


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