An Undeniable Family Resemblance

When I flip through family photos, I see a strong resemblance to Edgar Lacy. I am either cursed or blessed with his hairline, and my face is beginning to be a mirror image of the wrinkles and furrows that were his identifying features.

I remember this gentle man with a great deal of fondness. Even though Granddad Lacy was short in stature, he was a giant when it came to love and kindness.

Some people have certain characteristics that define them. I can hear some people speak and without even seeing them, and I can still tell you who they are and to what family they belong. Their family resemblance is undeniable.

What is the characteristic that causes you to resemble Jesus? Even if you tried to deny the relationship this feature would be so undeniable that no one would believe your protests?

Jesus said it is love: I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13).
This is the kind of love that turns the other cheek, forgives 70 times 7, walks the extra mile, and engages in the pure and undefiled religion that looks after the less fortunate (James 1:27). When we practice this as a family tradition, I’m confident that God looks down from heaven and says: It’s undeniable, that’s my boy!

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