It’s an hour past their bedtime and I hear giggling from outside the door. These two boys of mine are sharing a bedroom for the third night as we await the arrival of baby sister, and they are loving it.
I marvel at how they can be yelling at each other one moment and hugging necks the next. And as much as little brother drives firstborn crazy, he is always there to pick him up when he falls.
They disagree on many things. Their personalities are as different as night and day.
One likes chocolate ice cream; the other is a fan of vanilla. One follows the rules and instructions, and the other likes to make up his own.
But at the end of the day, they are still brothers. No matter what differences divide them, their brotherly love still unites them.
In Romans 12:10, Paul tells us to “love one another with brotherly affection.” The Greeks had a name for this type of love: storge.
It’s a familiarity. An assurance that no matter what arguments or struggles may come, your family will always be there. No matter what.
When I look at the church today and see all the conflicting views, theologies and opinions, I want to remember Paul’s command. Because if we are in Christ, at the end of the day we are still family.
Christ’s blood doesn’t pick and choose. It covers us as one.
Like whispers between bunk beds, his Spirit is moving among the church. He longs to unify- the ultimate display of his love.
Abby McDonald is a mom, wife and writer who desires to show women that the hope of Christ can be found in the middle of life’s messes. She’s learning each day to let his lavish love define her instead of the noise of the world. When she’s not chasing her two boys around or cuddling their new baby girl, you can find her writing about her passion for a God who relentlessly pursues her, even during her darkest times. Abby would love to connect with you on her blog and her growing Facebook community.