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God's Message About Family Relationships

As followers of Jesus Christ, it is important to embrace others with God's love, even when it may be difficult. Certainly embracing your child's birth family may come with hesitation. After all, you have adopted your child — not the whole birth family!

Yet God tells us we are to love others, and in doing so, to demonstrate His love for them. He clearly tells us, "We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, 'I love God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother." (1 John 4:19-21)

Through prayer for love and guidance you can learn to embrace your child's birth family in a manner that benefits your child, honors your role as her parents, and treats her birth family with respect. Your understanding and acceptance of the situation allows you to fully appreciate God's design for your family.

Appreciate the precious gift of parenthood granted to you by your child's birth family by embracing them through the love of Jesus Christ.

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Bonus content originally excerpted from Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family, published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., © 2008 by Sanford Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.

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