We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic and ideological differences.

(Listen to my song “All Are Welcome” on YouTube by clicking HERE)


Matthew 12:47-50

Someone told him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, asking to speak with you.” But he said in reply to the one who told him, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.”


Jesus is making a point here.

He is not trying to disrespect his family at the door.

What Jesus is saying is that all of us who are trying to do the will of God are one family.

And what is the will of God?

As Jesus put it: “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another (John 13:34).”

Jesus also said the most important commandments were to love God and your neighbor as yourself.

And if that wasn’t clear enough…he also commanded us to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44)!

So what is the will of God? Love!

We are called to love.

The whole point is…we truly are one family…all of us children of God.

We must start acting like it!


Listen to the song of the day “All Are Welcome” on the Give Praise and Thanks album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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