Restoring Relationships Through Christ's Love

Embracing Christ's Love

DAILY DEVOTIONS

9/11/2023

person walking on brown sand near body of water during daytime
person walking on brown sand near body of water during daytime

Embracing Christ's Love

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

Life is a beautiful woven fabric, and relationships are the threads that make it special. As Christians, we are meant to mend and heal all our relationships with the love of Jesus. His love brings us close and changes our lives profoundly. Let's consider some important questions:

Knowing that Jesus has bound every relationship and eliminated every distance as one while serving on earth, are we actively working to follow His teachings in our own lives? Despite the boundless love and resources Jesus has provided us, are we still promoting hate and struggling with the relationships God has given us on this earth?

Imagine a skilled shoemaker, like an expert repairer, who knows exactly which tool to use when a shoe is broken. Similarly, do we understand and have the desire to fix our broken relationships with God and the people around us? Are we working on reconnecting with God and, most importantly, with others, just like the shoemaker carefully mends each shoe to make it whole again?

Let’s see what the Bible tells us, In the Gospel of John 13:34-35 we can see Jesus said - A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 - Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Considering the verses mentioned earlier. We need to ask ourselves, where do we stand? Like bright lights, we should live out Jesus' teachings by loving others deeply and following His guidance. And remember daily Bible reading, praying, and fasting are the key tools that help us connect with Jesus and restore our relationships with God and others.

Despite our imperfections, it is our duty to promote love and reject hate, relying on the love and grace of Christ. In mirroring Jesus' love displayed on the cross, husbands, wives, parents, and children must strive for selfless love and forgiveness.

Parents, teachers, and the Church are the keys to spreading Christ's love. They help us live His teachings and develop loving communities, as Ephesians 4:32 encourages us to be kind and forgiving, just as God forgave us through Christ.

Let’s pray! Dear Heavenly Father, we humbly seek Your guidance and grace to restore every relationship within the love of Jesus Christ. Help us love as Jesus loved and loves us, forgive as He forgave and forgives us, for bridging every gap that separates us from You and Your people. May we be vessels of Your love and instruments of reconciliation in this world. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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