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A Family Restored | DAY ELEVEN

SCRIPTURE READING

“But that is not how you came to know Christ, assuming you heard about him and were taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus, to take off your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires, to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth. Therefore, putting away lying, speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, because we are members of one another. Be angry and do not sin. Don’t let the sun go down on your anger, and don’t give the devil an opportunity. Let the thief no longer steal. Instead, he is to do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need. No foul language should come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear. And don’t grieve God’s Holy Spirit. You were sealed by him for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.”

Ephesians 4:20-32 CSB

THINKING FURTHER

THOUGHTS:
“Break the circle,” goes the saying. Our families define us, and so does the sin and brokenness we learn in them. Jesus however, not only offers us forgiveness from sin, but also restoration for our souls and for our families. The beauty of what we become when we receive forgiveness in Jesus is not our own beauty, but God’s beauty. We can be kind and compassionate, forgiving one another, because God first forgave us in Christ.

PRAYER FOCUS:
Pray specifically for the brokenness in your family and seek God’s restoration in the dark places of your heart. Go back and pray through this passage both confessing the specifics and proclaiming the truth that we are to put on our new self.