Loving You MOST, Jesus {day 18} : Family

DSC00487“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” (Matthew 10.37)

Tough Love.

Our most devoted love, to Jesus.
Our first allegiance, Jesus.
Our greatest delight, Jesus.

Exhale. God loves all of them more than we ever can. Ever.
We’re not dumping them. We’ll actually love them BETTER. Devoted to Jesus, we learn to love them the way that He knows is best for them – and for us. We become His vessels of Perfect Love in our loved ones’ lives.

DSC00490It’s tempting to love family most when we see pain or fear loss of relationship. Rather than fixing, we clutch faith, deciding to trust the One we’re trying to love MOST.

In these times, God grows our faith. We no longer hope that God will work for our good; rather, we join the ranks of followers of Jesus who proclaim, “And we KNOW that in all things God works for the good of those who LOVE him…” (Romans 8.28)

Loving Jesus MOST, we’ll try to follow Him for how to disciple and correct our children, loving them with His love.

Loving Jesus MOST, we’ll follow Him for how to honor and care for our parents, as we love them with His love.

DSC00962Consider this:
Do we want our children to love us more than they love God?
Do we want them to love their children more than they love God?

We have the opportunity to set tone and direction by HOW WE LIVE. No matter our children’s ages, Jesus is our Redeemer. HE can do it.

Jesus, have mercy. All things are possible through You. Lead us to place these relationships under our relationship with You. We want to be Your vessels of love in their lives. And please turn their hearts to love You MOST. Amen.

4 thoughts on “Loving You MOST, Jesus {day 18} : Family

  1. Oh, Teresa, such a very timely word again for me this morning! Fearing loss of relationship with Molly as she is getting married soon. I do believe I must let her leave and cleave – I honestly do – but so struggle with the fear of losing the relationship. I am grateful for this word from you today – from the Lord – so I can camp out here and meditate on it all through this day and into the future. Oh, Lord, help me change! xoxo

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    • Amen, Margaret! I’m tucking your words away – to ‘let her leave and cleave’ – for when I enter the season you are in. I pray your abiding is rich today!

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