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Family Church Daily Devotions - Family Church Devotion - Tues Oct 2

Family Church Devotion - Tues Oct 2

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

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Ephesians 3:16
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.
Strength in Christ’s love.

We cannot properly love our parents, spouse, friends, or acquaintances if we do not properly love our Lord and Savior. Each family needs the love of Christ in their household.

God is love.

The easiest love that can compel is love for self. What is best for me? “After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church.” Ephesians 5:29.

In addition to our love for ourselves, our love for God can get misplaced at times as love for things of the world take higher priority. This has always been a challenge for God’s people. Sin infiltrates our love. Adam and Eve had a love for knowledge over the love of God. Their love for knowledge led to sin and death for all mankind. Abraham’s love for Isaac was so strong, God asked him to sacrifice his son. Abraham’s son Isaac loved his son Esau more than his son Jacob, while his wife loved Jacob more. This drove their family apart. Isaac’s son Jacob loved his wife Rachel so deeply that he looked with special favor on her sons over his other wife Leah’s sons. Jacob’s son received the cloak of many colors that led to his brothers’ envy and eventually Joseph was sold into slavery.

These examples demonstrate that Christ’s love does not always compel our words and actions. God realizes this struggle and gives us two basic commands. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12: 30, 31.

We need the love of God. Just like Adam & Eve, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and others love falls short, so does our family. Daily we need to strive to love God will all our heart.
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To God Be the Glory
Verse 1
To God be the glory, great things he has done.
He so love the world that he gave us His Son,
Who yielded his life our atonement for sin,
And opened the life-gate that all may come in.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear his voice
Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, let the people rejoice.
Gracious Lord. Help us and guide as we strive to properly love our family. Help us to see when we place ourselves or other loves in front of our love for you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.


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