A WEEK OF LOVE: A RECIPE FOR RELATIONSHIPS
WEEKLY ENCOURAGEMENT FEB 21-27, 2021
For this week’s “week of love” encouragement, we want to encourage you, both children and parents/guardians. We want you to know that you are loved and that we can all change the world one person or family, at a time by loving each other.
In the Bible, God gives us principles or standards of love that determine the success or failure of our relationships. These ensure that the expression of love is not a fickle thing nor is it seasonal. Instead, Love is our lifestyle, a part of who we are & it is within our control to have a better outcome. 1. The Effect of Sowing & Reaping
Galatians 6:7-8 says, "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life." In other words, you can't expect results of a peaceful relationship without planting words of kindness and goodness. Whatever you sow in your marriage, to your spouse, children and family is going to come back to you. Practically speaking, if you sow harsh words, gossips, anger, unhealthy jokes, hatred and bitterness towards someone, don't be surprised if those results return your way. But if you sow heartily & joyfully, speaking positive & kind words, (maybe get mad at times but not condemn or judge people) you will get healthy results. Let us sow more seeds of appreciation rather than condemnation. 2. The element of Measure
Luke 6:38 says, "For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you." When you want to build something sturdy and strong, you dig deeper and start with the right foundation. You have to measure using the right standards, principles & proportion the right elements. There is no better standard than what is written in the Word of God.
Expand your understanding, love, and appreciation by digging deeper into reading His word, prayer and worship. These bring about the fruit of the Spirit written in Galatians 5: 22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
3. The element of Measure
You don't just reap what you sow, but you reap where you sow. Matthew 6:21 says, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
INVESTMENT: a place you keep most valuable possessions, the storehouse of your passion. So, it’s best to invest in:
A. PRAYER: learn to invest praying for your spouse, your children, your family and friends. Prayer is the oxygen of our spirit! It is the way we communicate with our Heavenly Father. He loves listening to our praises, our adoration and willingly listens to the desires and cries of our hearts. Prayer brings what heaven is like here on earth. Relationships without the guidance of the Lord are most likely not to succeed.
Parents, pray for your children: that they will grow up with wisdom, stature and favor from the Lord. That they will learn to love Him with all their heart, soul, mind and strength! Children, pray for your parents: that the Lord will grant them strength, health and wealth to live long on this earth so they can be with you in every step that you take and decision you make.
B.TIME: invest and spend more time with the people that matter most to you - your family! In this generation where social media is widely used, we see a lot of children spend more time on games and gadgets, parents on FB or their favorite TV series or teen agers on their instagram, you tube or twitter accounts. Or maybe parents come home tired from work and no conversation at all happens within the family. Some invest a lot with their physical appearance, trying to make the bodies “look better” and “fit” yet forgetting what matters most. Remember that everything seen is temporary, and everything not seen is eternal. It is high time to make our dining table a place where experiences are shared, the good and the bad, the struggles and the victories, the desires and goals for the future or anything that we can talk about.
Parents, our children grow too fast, invest TIME knowing their weaknesses & strengths, what
makes them sad or laugh, play with them or just do anything that makes every moment special. Yes, we invest some money for their future but we want to invest more in their character. Children - your parents are not getting any younger either... in this quarantine , create more memories with them.
As a PISD family, we want to become better people, expecting a brighter future. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
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