Family is family is family.
Nothing should break that bond, lessen that love, remove that responsibility.
God has placed us in our familial circle for a reason. Let us love one another with the love of Christ, and move through our trials together.
The prodigal knew the Father's love was unconditional before he ever left his home.
May our homes and families be havens of forgiveness and support for those who have believed Satan's lies and walked away from the ways of truth and righteousness.
We do not love the sin, but we must continue to love the sinner in ways that are honest, tangible and safe for our other family members. For example, we do not expose our children to sin or to danger while we work with a wayward loved one.
It is not an easy task. It is not a frivolous decision. But it IS showing God to the world when we love as He loves.
For the truth of the matter is…the next family member who is in need of unconditional love may be you or me!
"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
"Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
"For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself." Galatians 6:1-3