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I Love You More Now Than I Did Before

posted 18 Mar 2012, 15:17 by Peter Booth   [ updated 19 Mar 2012, 07:03 ]
After Thursday's study on family (ID week 4), I thought this quote and what follows would be helpful. The author says this is 
something we should be thinking and praying, when we face difficult times with our non-Christian families: 
I am a better son than I was before; I am a better father than I was before; I am a better husband than I was before; and I love you more than I used to. You can hate me, but I will not hate you. You can exclude me, but I will include you. You can force me out of our ancestral house, but I will live on its veranda. Or I will get a house just across the street. I am still one of you; I am more one of you than I ever was before. - Donald A. McGavran, A Church in Every People

McGavran also writes in another book: "We must also make sure that 'becoming a Christian' is perceived by the rest of the family as a pro-family act."

The Master said, "(It was filial piety [].) Now filial piety is the root of (all) virtue, and (the stem) out of which grows (all moral) teaching." - Confucius, XiaoJing [孝經]

“Honour your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” - Eph.6:2-3

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person's enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever 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. - Matt.10:34-39

>>>Pray for discernment as to know how to better honour and obey your parents, and what steps of obedience God might be calling you to that seem to be in conflict with your parent's desires. If needed, repent for "loving your father and mother more than Jesus" or repent for dishonouring your parents.<<<