How much are you pouring into the ones you love?

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As we start this day, let’s reflect on the role of dads as God intended. For example, it’s crucial to understand the impact of pouring without being filled. Just like a car without fuel, we end up empty and stuck. Similarly, God offers to fill us with His love so we can pour it into the lives He’s entrusted us with. Are you receiving and allowing His love to overflow? Finally, don’t withhold it; let it flow into the lives of others. Embrace God’s abundant love and let it shape your life for His purpose.

God pouring of love to people so that His love can overflow into the lives of others

Today’s Verse of the Day speaks to how Jesus empties Himself and is pouring into us:

but emptied Himself [without renouncing or diminishing His deity, but only temporarily giving up the outward expression of divine equality and His rightful dignity] by assuming the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men [He became completely human but was without sin, being fully God and fully man].

Philippians 2:7 AMP

Remember how we are to stay connected to Jesus just as the scripture explains the branch and the vine story so that His love continues to flow into us? For example, let’s be the dads who empty ourselves of love into the lives of our wives, kids, and world so that as God continues to pour in none of us run out of love to give! Similarly, let’s be the dads who are pouring out love humbly to our wives, kids, and world so that God gets all the praise, honor, and glory! Finally, let’s be the dads who stay connected and allow God to pour into us enough to overflow into the lives of others for the rest of our lives!

So how can we go about applying today’s verse of the day to demonstrate the importance of both pouring and being filled as dads for the benefit of our wives, kids, and world?

Applications of Philippians 2:7 for dads who desire to empty themselves and pour love into the lives of their wives, kids, and world:

  • Servant Leadership: Embrace the role of a servant leader in your family. Serve your wife, children, and others with humility and a genuine desire to meet their needs.
  • Sacrificial Love: Model sacrificial love as Christ did. Sacrifice your time, resources, and personal desires for the well-being and happiness of your loved ones.
  • Humility: Cultivate humility in your interactions with your family and others. Be willing to set aside your ego and admit your mistakes, seeking forgiveness when needed.
  • Patience: Practice patience and understanding, especially during challenging moments with your family. Choose to respond with grace rather than reacting impulsively.
  • Gentleness: Show gentleness and kindness in your words and actions. Treat your loved ones with tenderness, empathy, and compassion.
  • Empathy: Develop empathy by actively listening to your family’s concerns, feelings, and experiences. Seek to understand their perspectives and be present for them.
  • Servant Heart: Cultivate a servant’s heart by actively looking for ways to serve your family and the broader community. Engage in acts of kindness, volunteerism, and charitable endeavors.
  • Prioritize Family: Make your family a priority in your life. Spend quality time with your wife and children, creating meaningful and lasting memories together.
  • Consistency: Be consistent in your love, support, and involvement in your family’s lives. Show up consistently and be dependable, building trust and security for your loved ones.
  • Faith-Filled Life: Live out your faith as a dad. Be a positive role model by demonstrating faith, integrity, and spiritual values. Share your beliefs and encourage your family’s spiritual growth.

By applying these principles, inspired by Philippians 2:7, you can actively pour love, grace, and selflessness into the lives of your wife, kids, and the world around you. Your actions will contribute to a loving and nurturing environment, fostering strong relationships and making a positive impact on those you encounter.

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