Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another,

(1 Thessalonians 4:9 ESV)

Hey, friends! If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been off the grid for the last couple of weeks. My man and I drove across the US in our Corolla and vacationed with his siblings in Los Angeles for a week. It was a sweet time of adventure, intentionality, and family. Since our wedding, this was the first time that I had been with both of my new siblings at once, and this verse seems so appropriate for my first post after our trip. The love in my new family is something that was chosen–something that we develop by getting to know one another better and deciding to be the kind of family that values one another. It is the kind of love that God calls us to possess so specifically not only with family but with His church. It is the kind of love that is written on our hearts with the sacrificial love of Jesus. It is the kind of love we choose when we marry, the kind of love we choose when our families hurt us, and the kind of love we choose when the church is hard to embrace. Choose love, sisters. Choose to hold one another when it is uncomfortable or even new and to share the good news of Jesus when it is unwelcome. Choose to pass along what He has already given to us.

Jesus, please remind me of the love you have bestowed upon us each day. Let me choose to love those who you place into my own life with the kind of ease that I love my own family. Let it be a love that is overwhelming, that shines from your kingdom. I love you, Lord.

Originally posted 2017-07-18 09:00:50.

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