Our Universal Family

It is often easy to love one's family, for we tend to minimize the human faults of our close relatives. But are we recognizing the universal fatherhood and motherhood of God and loving the infinite family of man, which includes the real identity of every human being?

A startling statement was once made to the writer, the import of which has unfolded with more clarity as experience has proven its truth. The statement is this: "If you are not loving your neighbor's child as you do your own, you are not loving your child correctly." One clinging to a limited, personal sense of love finds this difficult to accept. However, as we acknowledge God as the Father and Mother of all, our thought is freed from a selfish sense of personal possession and embraces all mankind in the unity of brotherhood.

Christ Jesus gave a graphic illustration of the true relationship we have with one another. He asked: "Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?... Whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother." Matt. 12:48-50;

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