For those whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers (and sisters).
All Christians are brothers and sisters. We are part of one, big, (sometimes!), happy family, and God is conforming each of us into the image of His Son. But sometimes we forget what this means. We expect our brothers and sisters to already look like Jesus, or we expect God to be conforming them in the same way He is conforming us. Instead of judging our spiritual siblings, let’s encourage them, pray for them, and spur them on in love and good deeds. Let’s fight for unity among our family members!
Sample Prayer: Father, thank you for adopting us into your family through the blood of Jesus. Thank you for making us part of a diverse family—a family with people from every tongue, tribe, and nation. Help us be patient with our Christian brothers and sisters. Remind us that you are transforming each of us in your perfect timing and according to your perfect will. Help us fight for unity among the family of God.
Ask God to reveal any hostility you have toward a member of His family, and pray for reconciliation.
Ask God to make forgiveness and patience with others the bedrock of your Christian community.