The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘…in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ Genesis 12:3 NKJV

In order to bless all the families of the earth, Abraham had to start with his own family. Before a man could qualify for leadership in the New Testament church, they examined his home life (1 Timothy 3:5). Their thinking was, ‘If he doesn’t succeed there, don’t enlarge his territory.’ But if you’re going to enjoy God’s blessing as a family you must learn to cope with difficulties. So: (1) Try to remember that you’re all on the same team. Don’t take your frustrations out on your loved ones. Too often, home is where we go when we’re tired of being ‘nice’. (2) Before you speak, get the facts. Nothing’s more damaging than jumping to conclusions. ‘Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.’ (Proverbs 13:3 NLT) (3) Handle it with wisdom. List all your options and you’ll be more objective. That’s how you’d handle a problem at work; why not do the same with your family? (4) Find something good in the situation. ‘And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God…’ (Romans 8:28 NKJV) No matter how bad things seem, every situation holds something positivelook for it. (5) Make sure they know you love them. It’s okay to express how you feel so long as you do it graciously. But make sure your family knows you love them. When people feel loved they can weather almost any crisis. Think: when do you need God’s love most? When you deserve it least! Try to follow suit.

SoulFood: Jos 8:30-10:43, John 14:26-15:4, Ps 146, Pr 28:9-12

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