Have you ever felt like your family was dysfunctional or like there was no way that other families had the problems your family has? Well, be encouraged to know that there are NO perfect families here on earth and all families have issues to work through! Because we are pastors, Matt and I are told often by people that they want to have a family like ours and they assume that we never have problems. Even though we do have a great family, we aren’t perfect either and we have to work to make our marriage and our family great!
That’s one reason why we kicked off the new series, Family Feud at C3 this weekend! Matt and I have a passion to for healthy marriages and healthy families (and we also like the game show, Family Feud, and this gave us a great reason to play it!) 🙂
Matt’s message this weekend was a great reminder that if I want to see change in my home, it begins with me!
Galatians 5:13-26, “For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. 14 For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another. 16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses. 19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. 22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.”(NLT)
1. FREEDOM LEADS TO SERVING IN LOVE
2. LET GOD’S SPIRIT GUIDE YOU.
What can you do this week in your home to let the change begin with you? Who can you serve and what will you do?
Let’s be the change in our homes!