Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, May 18th, 2018
Love... Is Kinship
By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
John 13:35 (NKJV)
If someone says, 'I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar.
1 John 4:20 (NKJV)
For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.
Matthew 12:50 (NKJV)
'Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your Name, and we forbade him because he does not follow with us.'

But Jesus said to him, 'Do not forbid him, for he who is not against us is on our side.'
Luke 9:49-50 (NKJV)
We have two kinds of kin:

1) Birth kin by blood (with a small b): our legal family*

2) Born-again kin by Blood (with a big B): our Christian family

For many of us, giving preference to the big B group (over the small b group) is hard, although Jesus clearly redefined the meaning of family.

Just as clearly, God says love for our Christian kin is how the world will know us. Even more, if we don't love each other, our witness is a big fat lie.

Next point: Denominational squabbling nullifies our witness, as does denouncing other Christians with different rules: a.k.a. they do not follow with us.

To maximize our witness and change the world, let's focus on what we have in common: the Blood.

Therefore, we love.

## Love Series: Love Is Kinship (Part 49)

* Our legal family includes married, blended and adopted kin.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Love series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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