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Focus Verses: Matthew 10:37-39
"Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of
me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy
of me; 38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."
God more than you love your family is actually the way to love your
family the best. It may seem counterintuitive, but loving God first and
foremost is the surest path to loving others and yourself. We will
have a bigger and better love for everyone else when God is the object
of our biggest and best love.
It's only when we lose our lives in surrender to Jesus that we are able to find
our deepest and richest selves. By loving Jesus above all else, I am
so enriched and fulfilled that I become truly ready to love others.
Jesus calls me to love him above all others because my relationship
with him is what prepares and teaches me how to love others. Loving him
first is what makes me able to love others best.
Response and Action:
will put Jesus first in my life. By putting him first I hope to
become the truest, deepest, and most loving person I can be. By
loving him more than others, I hope to be able to love others more.
Christ, help me to love you above all else. Help me to find myself
in you. By the power and grace of your Spirit and the guidance of
your word, lead, teach, transform, shape, and strengthen me, that I
might become more and more able to serve and love others. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: John 13:34-35
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so
you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are
my disciples, if you love one another."
The Life You've Always Wanted
by John Ortberg