Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Weekly Devotion: Loving your Children (Parenting) Intentionally

Love them unconditionally:
  • We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19
  • Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9
  • Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

When you're inclined to be harsh:
  • Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2
  • A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

When you're tempted to be critical instead of encouraging:
  • But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13

When you want to lecture:
  • Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. James 1:19–20

When you want them to make you look awesome:
  • Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Phil. 2:3–4

When you don’t want to extend forgiveness for their offenses:
  • Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:31–32

When you worry about their future:
  • Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:6-9
Let us pray:

Dear Lord,

Thank you for the blessings of our children.  Help us to love them as you love us, unconditionally.  Help us to be patient, eager to help and listen and to reflect you in everything we do.  We also ask you to teach us how to live out the gospel in our interactions with our children and others.

In Your name, Amen

No comments:

Post a Comment