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“Therefore (Lazarus’) sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. . . Jesus wept. Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!” John 11:3, 35-36

“Storge” love is another type of love involving the body. It occurs within the family structure. It involves strong affection, but nonsexual touching. Lazarus, Mary, Martha, and Jesus shared this same feeling.

Somebody coined the phrase, “Blood is thicker than water,” meaning that the “blood” relationship between “family” members is generally stronger than the best friendship between “non family” members. This tight bond is often dormant and unrecognized until a time of crisis. A death in the family is sometimes the crisis that brings out these strong family ties.

The Apostle Paul has some pretty strong words about the responsibility of taking care of your family FIRST. “But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” (I Timothy 5:8)

Cultivate your family relationships BEFORE the crisis comes. Make it a point to express your love and appreciation for your immediate family through a well- chosen compliment… it doesn’t go without saying. Send that friendship card. Make that telephone call . . . today.

“Father, Your friendship is never ending. Thank You for making me a part of Your family.  Help me to cultivate strong relationships within my own household.  Amen.”