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Family traits are amazing to see. No matter what family you’re in, there’s bound to be something that you do that almost everyone else in the family does as well.

Many times they are little things, gestures, the way everyone tilts their heads to one side or the other when they’re thinking, or even phrases that repeat themselves, rolling down from one generation to the next.

I was reminded of this just this morning when I was talking with my mom who was telling me a story that ended with “I told him ‘don’t worry’.” When she said that I realized that all of her sisters say the same thing, and so do all of my female cousins, the daughters of those sisters. And, I say the same thing in a slightly different way, instead of ‘don’t worry’ I say ‘no worries’ but it’s essentially the same.

If you’re around any, or all of us, in a group you’ll hear that phrase repeated again and again. Even though none of us have a little gene that has ‘don’t worry’ written on it on our genetic code, you would think there was something like it threaded through our family tree.

When I look around the family of God, I think there’s got to be something like that in His family too. Some little thing that shows others that we all belong to His family, but is untraceable in any type of genetic way, yet is evident in how we live our lives.

What is that trait that should reveal to anyone else looking in at us whose family we belong to? Simply put love. Not love the way the way we see it reflected in the world around us, but love that is reflective of He who alone is love, God Himself.

The type of love that God is is so far removed from us, and how we are, that there is no way we can ever hope to obtain it on our own. And, when we see it in others, it can only mean one thing, they belong to Him and His family.

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”  John 15:12

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