"And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, 'Abba, Father.'" Galatians 4:6 NLT
Thoughts for Today
When we receive Christ as our savior, we are adopted by God! He becomes our Father, and we become his sons and daughters.
As our Father, he will guide us, teach us, protect us, provide for us, discipline us, comfort us, help us, forgive us, defend us, strengthen us—and through it all, love us unconditionally.
Twice in the New Testament, Jesus referred to God as Abba. In Galatians, Paul used the term. Abba is an Aramaic word for father, indicating a special intimacy rather like when we use the word daddy. God is our loving Father, our Daddy.
Psalm 37:23-24 says that when we stumble, we won't fall down because God will be holding our hand. What a picture! Just envision a father—a daddy—walking along with his young child. The child trips, but the father is gripping the youngster's hand and holds him up, keeping him from falling to the ground.
Our heavenly Daddy does this for us as we are willing to put our hand in his, following his guidance and trusting him. When we stumble, make a wrong move, he is right there to protect us and help us—to keep us from falling all the way to the ground and to guide us back to where we belong.
Lord, I thank you that you are my loving, caring Daddy. Thank you for holding my hand wherever I go and for giving me the strength and guidance to keep going when I am faced with stumbling blocks or wrong turns. Thank you for caring. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from…
Restoring Families: Overcoming Abusive Relationships through Christ by Janet M. Lerner, D.S.W. This study helps to minister to families caught in the cycle of abusive relationships. The curriculum deals with overcoming these abusive relationships through Christ and is recommended for use in support groups and Christian counseling.
- Ministers to families from abusive relationships
- Ministers to victims of family violence
- Deals with wounded emotions
- Deals with control and intimacy issues
- Presents a strong message of Christ as healer of abusive relationships
Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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