Thursday, July 15, 2021

Matthew 7:11-12 Devotion by Stephen Taylor

Matthew 7:11-12

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in Heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So, in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.


Growing up, I longed for a close, intimate relationship with my dad. I love my dad, and he gave me the gifts he knew how to give in the best way he knew how, but I longed for a more intimate relationship, and when I felt like I didn’t receive it, I started trying to earn it. So, I became a people-pleasing, codependent person in all my relationships.


That didn’t change when I came to know the Lord. I viewed Him as some far-off God that I had to build my own way to. I would build my way to Him with a little “kindness here” or “honesty there” or “Look what I did, God! Do you love me now? Can I be accepted now?” The whole time, He was shaking His head, saying, “My child, my child, I have loved you and accepted you long before you loved and accepted Me. Stop trying to build a bridge out of works when my Son already built it out of love!!!”


The things I longed for from my earthly father were made complete in my Heavenly One. Papa God draws me into His arms daily, sets me on His lap, and lets me tell Him all the things He already knows but acts like it’s the first time He has heard them because He loves me and wants me to know He is there, no matter what!!!


And God didn’t stop there; as I have walked with Him, He has put some amazing men of God in my life to love, encourage, teach, train, and edify me in my walk with the Lord!!! So, I want to say thank you to the men who have listened to God and taken me under their wing. My Dads in Jesus, you might say. I love you all!!!


Be encouraging, Be vulnerable, Be a light, and most importantly, Be like Jesus!!! I love you all, God bless, glory to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!!!




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