“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27
A lot of times we tend to think of our family as those we are biologically related to or perhaps even adopted to through birth or marriage. Because I am an only child, when I was growing up I enjoyed thinking of friends as my siblings. I delighted in introducing others to my “brother” or “sister,” desperately wanting them to be in that role. But once I graduated from college, I ended up parting ways with many of these “brothers” and “sisters.”
What I didn't realize at the time was that I do have a huge family. It's not biological, but spiritual: the body of Christ. Those who call themselves Christians are united to fellow believers through our Savior, Christ. And because of this, we are entitled to call these men and women brothers and sisters, because of our ties to the same heavenly Father.
We should see fellow believers as siblings and accept them as if they were biologically created. Christ allows us these ties to build each other up and encourage each other in Christ.
Dear Father, thank You that You have adopted me into Your family, and that I have so many siblings in Christ! Help me to see the members of the Church as my brothers and sisters and to honor, love, and cherish them with my words, thoughts, and actions. In Jesus' name, amen.
Make the effort to cultivate your friendships with fellow believers. Don’t isolate yourself from them. Your brothers and sisters in Christ are extremely important to your walk with the Lord.