As I sit down this morning to work on another round of letters for our 7 Compassion International children, I plan to print out the devotion that I posted about here. My plan is to send each of the children a devotion every month, and I hope to send each child a folder that I can decorate to say something like, “Precious’ Devotions”.
Since I posted that last post, I have written a couple of other devotions that I will eventually send. You are free to copy or distribute these, if you wish. Maybe you’ve realized that it has been a while since you’ve written your child, but you’re pressed for time. You can just copy one of these and email it to your child with a couple of personalized sentences. Or, you can write out a letter and copy on of these and print it out on fancy paper, like I plan to do!
Obeying Your Parents
"Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord." Colossians 3:20 NIV
Being obedient isn't always easy, but it is an important thing to strive for. Sometimes we tend to be selfish and desire to do what we want, but with prayer and self-control we will learn how to be obedient. Listen to your parents, teachers and elders and do what they ask of you.
Father God, I ask that You help me obey Your rules. I know that one of Your rules is to obey my parents and I want to practice obedience. Help me listen to them and to do as I am told. I know that You can help me, so I ask for your strength and guidance. I ask this in Jesus' Holy name. Amen.
"Do not repay anyone evil for evil.
Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody"
Romans 12:17 NIV
Sometimes people aren't nice, and our first instinct can be to return that unkindness.We need to remember that the Bible asks us to forgive, not to repay evil for evil. Matthew 6:14-15 clearly tells us, "For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive you sins." Forgiveness isn't always easy, but we can ask God for his help.
Dear Father God, please give me a forgiving heart when I am angry. Help me to remember the importance of grace. I know that you want me to forgive others when they aren't nice, so please give me the strength and peace to follow your wishes. Thank you for forgiving my sins. In Jesus' precious name. Amen.
Hopefully, these will help you as you devote time and effort to correspondence with your child. If you have ideas for other topics for devotionals, please share them!