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05-05-13-Grasping For Life

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Our instinct is to grab ontowhatever we believe will give us life.

To find true life… (Col 3:1-4)
Look up (v. 1-2)
Look to Christ (v. 3-4)
Look forward (v. 4)

LOOKING BACK

Family Life in HD: Grasping For Life
Genesis 31, Colossians 3:1-4

Have you ever felt the pressure for your family life to be “right”? Perhaps having a great marriage or a good relationship with your children is the most important thing in the world to you. Maybe there is something from your growing-up years you missed out on or had to endure that has defined your life. Whatever your background, your family is not your life – never has been, never will be. Colossians 3:1-4 reminds us where our lives really are, and what we have to look forward to.

Thinking It Through

Don’t need your spouse too much. Only need God that much. Then, maybe you will have both God and your spouse. ~Robert Valentine

One must love God first, and only then can one love one’s closest of kin and neighbors. We must not be idols to one another, for such is not the will of God.
~Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

[Idolatry] is the tragically pathetic attempt to squeeze life out of lifeless forms that cannot help us meet our real needs. ~Scott J. Hafemann

Could it be that a good thing has become a bad thing because it has become a ruling thing?
~Paul Tripp

Living It Out

1. What areas of your family life do you find yourself either overly passive or overly intense? Why?
2. How would you have completed this sentence at various stages of your life: “Give me ______ or I’ll die”? What about now?
3. Are you looking to Christ for “life” right now or does true life in Him seem “hidden”? What one step will you take this week to pursue it?

LOOKING AHEAD

Family Life in HD: Communicating Heart to Heart
Ephesians 4:29

Family communication is complicated. It often stays in the shallows of exchanging information and expressing emotions. A deeper level of connecting is often untapped – speaking from the heart to the heart. This form of conversation is marked by honesty, love, and wisdom. It speaks words of life into another heart. It takes courage.

Looking It Up

1. Review Colossians 3:1-17 and note how often Paul points to our words, our speech, and our communication with others.

2. Now read Ephesians 4:25-32 making the same observations. Make a list of the points of wisdom and the commands we find here about family communication.

3. Describe what you think are the differences between surface communication and speaking from the heart to the heart.

4. Take a long look at Ephesians 4:29. See if you can break down and identify the key elements of this admonition.

5. Consider the meaning of specific words and phrases: “unwholesome,” “good for edification,” “need of the moment,” “give grace to those who hear.” (NASB version)

6. Begin an honest assessment of the communication in your family, in your life in light of this verse.


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