You can pick your friends but you can’t pick your family!
Ever heard the phrase above? Perhaps you’ve mentioned it when asked to invite an unsociable cousin to a gathering, or when you’ve had to apologise for a relative’s embarrassing behaviour or had to intervene in a dispute among siblings. It’s striking to consider how often the family of God is referred to in the New Testament. The affectionate term, brothers and sisters, is often used to describe believers, and reveals that God sees each person in the faith community as a precious family member.
Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. Hebrews 2:11 (NIV, 2011 edition). It’s inspiring and humbling to see this truth expressed in loyalty and partnership between believers in Christ across the Arab world today. In this edition of awmlink you’ll read practical, real-life examples of this strong family bond in the Middle East, Arabian Peninsula and North Africa. Written by Philippe, editor of awmlink
NB. This article has been adapted from the editorial in February 2016 issue of awmlink. Fill the form below to sign up to AWM’s free quarterly resource.