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Exodus 34; John 13; Proverbs 10; Ephesians 3

I looked to the past for the key. But because of the estrangement and the years, I had no answer. How many generations did it go back? One. Two. Three? More?

“Yahweh! The Lord!
    The God of compassion and mercy!
I am slow to anger
    and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.
I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations.
    I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin.
But I do not excuse the guilty.
    I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren;
the entire family is affected—
    even children in the third and fourth generations.” Exodus 34:6b-7, NLT

I wanted something different for my children. I told them of a better way. I told them of the woes to come if they continued on a path. They saw my struggle. How could I impress upon them the power of love when my own heart was guarded? The question haunted me.

34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34-35, NLT

God breaks strongholds. He takes impossible situations and he brings good out of them. I sat at my sister’s hospital bedside days ago. I spoke encouragement to her, told her she is a fighter. In a moment of clarity, she said to me, “God is always fighting for us, and he lets us think we’re the warriors!”

Her words are treasure. I laughed and cried with joy at her insight. Oh, God, you are mighty. Dear God, you are good.

14 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21, NLT.

The power of love, at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus, through all generations. Forever and ever. Amen.

Courtney (66books365)

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Gen. 11; Matt. 10; Ezra 10; Acts 10

I’ve been thinking a lot about language barriers lately. Not so much the spoken language, as the ones not spoken. A number of years ago, I read a book called The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell. The languages (acts of service, quality time, encouragement, physical touch, gifts) have been on my mind for months, how they look in the grown-up world, and during a recent gathering of relatives, I realized a cause for many generational hurts was that (we) weren’t speaking the same (love) language. I thought about past relationships where misunderstandings may really have been an inability to understand how someone loves/interprets love.

My desire to learn to speak a new (love) language this year has been top of mind, so I wasn’t surprised today when I read of the power a language holds:

“Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them!” Genesis 11:6 NLT.

At this time in the Old Testament, everyone spoke the same language and wanted to build a city and tower that would make themselves famous and prevent them from being scattered. God would scatter them, and give them all new languages. Their motive was self-centered–their fame, their protection, their power.

But in life God-centered, God gives us power and possibility and unity–through Christ. He gives us a new law, and a new language–love.

Father, you are the author of love, and love itself. You heal and reconcile our broken hearts. In the vapor-mist brevity of this life, help me to love like you. I know that nothing is impossible with you. Sometimes the brokenness of relationships seems too deep and long, but I don’t want to limit you and your power by my very limited and skeptical thinking. You tell me love never fails, and I know yours doesn’t.

Courtney (66books365)

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