Monday, April 19, 2010

Just do the RIGHT thing.

"If any of your kin fall into difficulty & become dependent on you, you shall support them; they shall live with you as though resident aliens. Do not take interest in advance or otherwise make a profit from them, but fear God; let them live with you."
(Leviticus 25:35-36)

There's an old saying, 'You can pick your friends, but you can't pick your family." Some have been blessed with strong family ties and close relationships. Others, well... not so much. Maybe that's why people have such mixed feelings when visiting relatives. They love to see them (most of the time), but often can't stand staying with them for any period of time. And that's just vacation. Living together permanently would be out of the question!

Leviticus 25 has an interesting couple of verses about family... and obligations... and hospitality... and residing together. Should relatives of yours "fall into difficulty," God instructs (commands!?!) us to take them in and provide for their needs. Period. No charging rent... or interest... or making any kind of profit off of them. Instead, "Fear God." (Translation: Just do it because God knows it's the right thing to do!)

Blood is thicker than water, they say. And thicker = more responsibility. Responsibility (carried out in the right way) is a way to express love. When we express love to others, we "fear God" (in a good way). And that's the right thing to choose all the time. AMEN.

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