“Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to ‘live a life of love’, through the Spirit who dwells in them” (Ephesians 5:2; Galatians 5:22).
“Live a life of love.” What does that mean? Each person feels love in a different way, through words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time or physical touch (http://www.5lovelanguages.com/) My prayer today is that Father reveals to me how each of my kids receive love so that I may show it in “their language”.
Ephesians 5:1-2 in the Message says, “Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He did not love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.”
This verse reminds us that our kids learn proper behavior from us, their parents. The more I read today’s verses the more convicted I am to be in prayer and stay focused on Christ because it is through my example and prayer for them that they will learn to live in love and accept the Holy Spirit into their own lives.
In Galatians 5:22 Paul teaches the fruit of the Spirit being; LOVE, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Pastor Mark was talking about the importance of growing up and feeding our spirits whole food and not baby’s milk. What a great reminder as we start this week. And how fitting that he would talk about this the same week we pray these two verses over our kids.
Father is fighting for our kids. They are worth it. Let’s do our part as we continue to pray over them. Let’s keep fighting the good fight!
Guest Post: Rachel Theobald