04 Jul Heart to Heart with God: A Journey Towards Acceptance Day 31
365 Days of Reflection Towards God’s Love and Acceptance
~June 4, 2014-June 3, 2015~
Day 31-Orlando, Florida:
One of the Ten Commandments in the bible is to honor your mother and father. There are many family incidents and drastic circumstances that seem to make this commandment seem impossible or very undesirable to carry out. Some relationships are strained, which seems to make it difficult to obey God when dealing with our parents. This is when we need our faith more than ever, especially when faced with challenges that we do not want to deal with involving family.
There are two factors that go into the relationships with our parents, respect and forgiveness. Respect is probably the biggest factor, because parents sometimes do things that we do not agree with, which makes it hard to accept what is being instructed. Therefore, when a parent makes a tough decision or one that negatively affects their children, there are consequences that occur that are both good and bad. Children either accept the decision of a parent or they rebel. In those moments of conflict we need God’s mercy to allow love to come through. What we must understand is that we must respect our parents first, even when we do not like their actions.
The second factor is forgiveness. Having the presence of God in your life is the only way that you can truly forgive someone and also honor your mother and father. Pain and hate can be carried around like a 20 pound ball on a chain in our hearts when we are hurt or betrayed by a parent. However, with Jesus by our side we can move forward in spite of anything we are faced with. That is why through true acts of love we can allow God to take away the pain, and replace it with peace in our hearts for our mother and father.
Reflection Day #31
Three takeaways towards your journey with God: