Week Three – Day 4

Family

TODAY’S FAST – After school or work, fast from all media technology including video games, tv, computers, and internet to spend quality time with God and your family.

Devotional:

This passage, often read at wedding ceremonies, gives some specific marriage counsel.  It also directly correlates to our union with Jesus Christ. Whether we are married or single, we are to be devoted to Him in all aspects of our lives.  Ultimately, Jesus demonstrated at Calvary what that devotion looks like.  It’s being willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice.  Jesus was truly who He said He was.  He said, “I am the bread of life.”  And then He fed 5,000 people.  He said, “I am the resurrection and the life.”  Then He raised Lazarus out of a grave.  He said, “Greater love has no one than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  Then He paid the ultimate sacrifice: He gave His very life.

Compare that to a marriage union.   We have to be careful not to break the heart of the person we have made a life-long commitment to, and we must be willing to humble ourselves.   We cannot say one thing and do something completely different.  First of all, that isn’t faith; second, it breaks the very heart of God.  He gave us the greatest example of love, and husbands and wives must be committed to following wholeheartedly.  Families must be willing at all costs to remain devoted to the One who gave them all.  In doing so, we can truly state, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Prayer Focus: 

Pray for God’s protection of biblical marriage (i.e., one man married to one woman for life). Pray for husbands and wives to love each other deeply and to live biblically towards one another in the relationship of marriage

Key Verse:

“Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her”
Ephesians 5:22-25 NIV

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