Love, Loyalty, and Life Together

Ephesians 1:5 NLT

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.
 
2 Samuel 23:13-17 MSG

One day during harvest, the Three parted from the Thirty and joined David at the Cave of Adullam. A squad of Philistines had set up camp in the Valley of Rephaim. While David was holed up in the Cave, the Philistines had their base camp in Bethlehem. David had a sudden craving and said, “Would I ever like a drink of water from the well at the gate of Bethlehem!” So the Three penetrated the Philistine lines, drew water from the well at the gate of Bethlehem, and brought it back to David. But David wouldn’t drink it; he poured it out as an offering to God, saying, “There is no way, God, that I’ll drink this! This isn’t mere water, it’s their life-blood—they risked their very lives to bring it!” So David refused to drink it. This is the sort of thing that the Three did. 

The flow of family

The relationship between David and these three leaders of the mighty men was pure family. There is no other real way to describe it. 

These men loved David and he loved them.  They were all loyal to the same cause. They all lived their lives together. There is a respect, a selflessness, an honor that exist at a certain level of relationship that just can’t be replaced by any other thing. 

>That is Gods expectation for His family.

Family is all about what we see here in this passage of scripture. Love, loyalty and life together

I think its remarkable that when Father God saved us and made us His children, He also, put us into family, knowing that we need each other. 

At the very beginning when God created Adam, he looked on creation and said everything is good except one thing. “It is not good for man to be alone.

Genesis 2:18 NKJV

 And the Lord God said, “ It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” 

He created us to belong. We have a need, an internal need to connect with God and others

>Our culture has taught us to be very individualistic but it’s just pure fact we are better together. 

We are family. 

The three things that fuel family are Love, loyalty, and life together 

1. Love

>Deference to other members of the family
>Sacrificing for other members of the family
>Caring, above comfort, and convenience, for others in the family

Family love inspires us to prefer the other members of our family before ourselves.

2. Loyalty

>Not merely a commitment to each other, but more importantly a commitment to the common cause of the family
>Loyalty to what the family is about, which results in a tremendous loyalty to one another. 

David was loyal to God and his greater cause of the kingdom. As was exemplified when he refused to touch Gods anointed even when he had motive and opportunity. It was easy for these men to be loyal because they had seen loyalty in their leader. 

Thought: being loyal to the cause and not merely the person mingles with our love and helps us to see past imaturities, and childish behavior.   

3. Life together 

The family of God is not just some acquaintances, connecting around a statement of faith. We are spiritual relatives bonded by the sacrificial price of Jesus blood. We do life together. We are here for each other. We are family.

We truly need each other. We need to know we can depend on each other. We need to know that someone is watching out for us. 

First Big Question:  are we honoring the Spirit of the family of God by being this kind of family?

Second big question?  Do you have spiritual family today?  Real, true family? Jesus family could be that family, this family could be that family. 

Find out more at http://www.yoursummitchurch.com

The family is here waiting to love you.

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