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Family Church Daily Devotions - Family Church Devotion - Thurs Oct 4

Family Church Devotion - Thurs Oct 4

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

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Ephesians 3:19
 
And to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
 

What does it feel like to be picked last for an event? What does it feel like to be the person in the relationship that is dumped? What does it feel like to be the one who is cut from the team? What does it feel like to be the person in the marriage who is left? Pain, sorrow, disappointment, anger - we have all felt the emotions that come from sin.

I am sure given time you can provide many examples of how you have been hurt by people and events in your life. Instead of focusing on the struggles of this life that can leave us feeling hopeless. I want to focus on the love that surpasses all understanding. The love of God that sustains us through the struggles of life.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God loved you so much that he sent his one and only Son. His son, Jesus, gave up everything and humbled himself to be born of a virgin, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He did this for you.

Why?

Because God loves you. God wants all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:6
Christ’s love for me compels me. Christ’s love compels me to love and respect myself. Christ’s love drives me to love others through my words and actions as well in my ability to forgive others.

Even with Christ’s love driving my life struggles will come because of sin. I may get picked last, get dumped, be cut… Yet, I know God’s love. I realize these challenges and struggles are temporary and with God’s help I will make it through. Heaven is my home!
 
Christian Worship 417
I’m But a Stranger Here
Verse 1
 
I’m but a stranger here,
Heaven is my home;
Earth is a desert drear,
Heaven is my home;
Danger and sorrow stand
Round me on every hand;
Heaven is my fatherland,
Heaven is my home.
 
Lord God thank you for showing your love and compassion. I am forgiven by your grace. Empowered by your love, let my words and actions demonstrate your love in my life. Help me through the struggles of this life as I await my life in eternity with you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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