Family Matters

No, this post has nothing to do with Urkel. But seriously, did you think I would use that title and not post this picture? Anyway…

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:8)

In a recent CNN Faith blog post, Kerry Egan, a hospice chaplain, explains what she’s learned from her ministry: 

“If God is love, and we believe that to be true, then we learn about God when we learn about love. The first, and usually the last, classroom of love is the family.” -Kerry Egan (CNN blogger)

It’s pretty difficult to argue with Egan on the second point: we primarily learn “love” from our families. Sadly, many people get a bad education. Her post is short and interesting and I’d encourage you to read it.

For me, her experience highlights the importance of having a God-centered marriage. If Egan is right, and the family is our first “love” classroom, let’s hope that we have a good teacher.

 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
(1 Peter 4:8 ESV)

So what is love?

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
(1 John 3:16 ESV)

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