Ephesians 2:19 tells us that “You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.” As members of God’s family we have responsibilities towards each other. Paul calls the household of God “the church.” He writes to Timothy so that “…you will know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church….” (1 Timothy 3:14-15). As you well know the church is often referred to as “The Body of Christ.” As such we are to do the things now that Jesus did when he walked upon the earth. One thing that Jesus did was heal the sick and the hurting. I’ve always struggled with our understanding of the word “healed.” In the Greek text the word is therapeuo (ther-a-pew-o). We get our English words therapy and therapeutic from that word. It’s definition in Greek however was to “serve in a menial way, such as members of family take care of one another’s needs. (For more on this see Strong’s dictionary word #2323). The duties of family members often included taking care of sick family members so the word took on a medical connotation in the sense of taking care of, tending, or providing for the sick. From there it came to mean “to heal, restore to health, cure.”

You are probably well aware that for early believers, accepting Christ often meant severing family ties. But the Christians joined a new family, for they were now God’s sons, and brothers and sisters of all believers. In many ways it’s similar today. That’s why Paul exhorts us all in 1 Corinthians 1:10 as brothers and sisters. He writes, “I beg you, brothers and sisters…that all of you agree with each other and not be split into factions. I beg that you be completely connected with each other by having the same kind of thinking while pursuing the same purposes.”

When F. Scott Fitzgerald died they found an unfinished manuscript among his papers. It was a story about five separated family members who would receive a vast inheritance along with a mansion to live in if they agreed to live in the mansion together. This is of course what’s promised to all believers born again into the family of God. We must learn to live together, care for one another and love one another which is part of the greatest commandment according to Jesus.

“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” Ephesians 4:2-3