“My true brother and sister and mother are those who do what God wants.” – Mark 3:35

Does Jesus have anything to say about dealing with difficult relatives? Is there an example of Jesus bringing peace to a painful family? Yes there is. His own …

It may surprise you to know that Jesus had a family at all! You may not be aware that Jesus had brothers and sisters. He did.

Quoting Jesus’ hometown critics, Mark wrote, “[Jesus] is just the carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters are here with us” – Mark 6:3

And it may surprise you to know that his family was less than perfect. They were. If your family doesn’t appreciate you, take heart, neither did Jesus’…

Yet he didn’t try to control his family’s behavior, nor did he let their behavior control his. He didn’t demand that they agree with him. He didn’t sulk when they insulted him. He didn’t make it his mission to try to please them.” – from today’s “Grace for the Moment” devotional.

Man! When I read that, I could think of many times I did exactly the opposite of Jesus, especially in the ‘sulking’ or being in the muligrubs or bummed that I didn’t have the perfect Christian family I’d seen here and there in church.

To this, Jesus says Mark 3:35.

You really do have ‘a true family.’

Some relatives you’ ll only have as long as you live here. Some you will have for eternity.

In whom will you devote more of your own life?

Do pray for your unsaved loved ones.
Tell them about Jesus.
Live like Jesus.


“And if a home or town refuses to welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake its dust off your feet. I tell you the truth, on the Judgment Day it will be better for the towns of Sodom and Gomorrah than for the people of that town.” – Matthew 10:14

Then, go be with your ‘true family’ forever.

Yes, it is an incredible blessing to have blood relatives who are also Blood relatives.