With just 2 days left in our devotional, I reflect on it and consider how God is able to work in and through our lives when we invite Him in and follow Him. It’s day 13 of this devotional related to dads and the one that came up is an interesting one as it is one on the topic of being popular and using that influence for the good of others. It was also interesting because even though I searched for “dad” it invites middle school students to join the devotional. I am excited to see how this devotional will play into our series of devotionals for dad and how God will choose to use it through me to help us be the dads He purposed and created and planned for us to be! Even as dads we need encouragement to recognize the influence we have. As dads, we need to also use it for the good of others! Popular is a 15-day devotional! Popular comes to us from a group name reThink Group.
Let’s check out our scriptures for today’s devotional:
‘For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. ‘1 John 3:11
A new day and yet God’s Word is the same, yesterday, today, and forever! A new day and yet a standard has been set through God’s Word for all of eternity! A new day for us to be the dads God created, called, and purposed for us to be and become!
Let’s be the dads who lead with love! Let’s be the dads who love our wives! Let’s be the dads who love our kids! Let’s be the dads who love our brothers and sisters in Christ! Let’s be the dads who love the people God sends into our day and lives! Let’s choose to live to be more and more like Jesus by trying to love like we have read about in 1 Corinthians 13 where we know what love is:
‘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. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. ‘1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Let’s be the dads who are patient! Let’s be the dads who are kind! Let’s be the dads who do not envy! Let’s be the dads who do not boast! Let’s be the dads who aren’t prideful! Let’s be the dads who honor one another! Let’s be the dads who aren’t selfish nor self-seeking! Let’s be the dads who are generous and giving! Let’s be the dads who can control their temper and aren’t easily angered! Let’s be the dads who forgive quickly rather than keeping records of wrongs! Let’s be the dads who rejoice in the truth rather than delight in evil! Let’s be the dads who protect! Let’s be the dads who trust! Let’s be the dads who hope! Let’s be the dads who persevere! Let’s be the dads who love unconditionally!
Today’s devotional has been provided by reThink Group!
Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me:
(check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)
Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:
- Let’s be the dads who grab hold of what Jesus gives us as commands!
- Let’s be the dads who grab hold of Jesus’ command to “Love one another“!
- Let’s be the dads who are willing to do the hard work required to “Love one another“!
- Let’s be the dads who “Love one another“, even “when people hurt or wrong us“!
- Let’s be the dads who “Love one another“, by turning to God for wisdom and discernment, direction, and instruction, rather than trying to go it alone!
- Let’s be the dads who “Love one another“, because “God can work in us to help us love others“!
- Let’s be the dads who “Love one another” because we know that “when we make the simple effort to show love to everyone—even those who are the hardest to love—we’re showing a little bit of who God is to the world around us“!
- Today’s devotional closes with the following challenge: