THOUGHT: Malachi 4:6 promised that fathers and children would be reunited
in heart. Let’s make that true in our homes by nurturing and
correcting our children — with a balance between nurture and
correction. Let’s not make our faith so full of rules and
restrictions that it becomes impossible for our children to hear
that they are our beloved children, with whom we are very pleased!
Let’s not grant so much freedom that our children feel neglected
and uncertain. Let’s turn our hearts toward them and pray for God
to turn their hearts toward their home with us and their home with you!
1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,
2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a]
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[b] being born in the likeness of men.
8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.