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Love Your Family

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Titus 2:1-8 KJV
(1) But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
(2) That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
(3) The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
(4) That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
(5) To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
(6) Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
(7) In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
(8) Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.

The lacking in society is not the ability to demonstrate love but to be reminded to show compassion. To love your family and children is where it must start after understanding how to love God by honoring and obeying him, by loving others beginning with your family.

This week as I left my families home for about the six or seven time in twenty years, I find myself asking how can I help my family as they age. The same question comes you are some distance away. I think am I doing enough for my husband, and my cat at home. I have no children, just plenty of nieces and nephews. Then I think of the in-laws and as long as they still sassy, I do not worry about them. If I was Paul what advice would I give to Titus to any family probably to love and to respect each other. Give your loves ones freedom to make mistakes and time to learn from those mistakes. Then my part to love despite those mistakes, and hopefully set example of Christian love which no one shows completely. Despite how old you get one learns that love compassion is a work in progress. It not just saying I love you but it tolerance to mistakes at times and other times putting oneís foot down.

The point is Paul observed many families and instruction to timothy came with those observations, though he seemed not to have children he had people that followed him. What did Paul know about instructions of home life but those things that were given him as a child in priest school. What he learned on the road of life had been great enough to share what he knew seemed to work for the family and relationships. If one was to listen to Paulís sound advice and look at his own choice of celibacy, one might ask again what does Paul know. I am housewife, and observe many things through out life. Some through the picture tube others in daily life. Kids grow up and they go to work. The best thing you teach your kids is to care about others and themselves. To love old people and generation to come. To teach how to show compassion by caring for the needs of those around you. Needs are not wants or desires. Yet desires are often not overlooked in a family. It those added things that bring a smile to a personís face that is much as needed as the basic needs of food, clothing and shelter.

We all grow old and all need help from time to time. Some need to help the elderly get to the store, or to the doctor. While other people need more then that but provision is not forth coming because of finances. Old people with money can buy anything they need and hire whoever to do it. It those that can not afford that are in need of extended attention, the hand up and not hand out always. Sometimes help is helping someone know the governmental system is slow at times but is forth coming to help in some types of situations. If your supply is limited, Godís supply is not. Yet how He provides is sometimes through charity, and sometimes through what you earned in life.

The need for prayer on how to help someone and to rely God is probably the greatest. To give without reward is the next. I think it takes compassion to give sometimes. Sometimes it second nature to help. What are you able to do? Can you love by either staying out of the way if you can not help and put in two hands when you can. If all you can do is pray, believe me that will be enough. If you can help are you doing your best.

Dear Heavenly Father give your children the compassion to love each other starting with their families and extend it beyond. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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