Thursday, April 6, 2023
My dove is hiding behind the rocks, behind an outcrop on the cliff. Let me see your face; let me hear your voice. For your voice is pleasant, and your face is lovely.
Words of tender affirmation and compliment are crucial in all loving relationships. Unfortunately, the old saying is all too true in many relationships: "I told you once that I love you, and if I change my mind, I will let you know." The truth is, we all need to be told that we are loved regularly, claimed, and bring those we love joy.
If God the Father knew that Jesus, His Son, needed this kind of affirmation at His baptism before He faced His trials and temptations, so do we. We shouldn't be surprised that God told Jesus: "You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy."  Satan makes the importance of these words of affirmation from the Father to the Son. The first words of temptation from the evil one are, "If you are the Son of God..."  We must affirm those we love.
In addition, we must learn to appreciate and affirm the beauty of the personal presence of family and friends who stand by us through the storms of life. Theirs is a remarkable beauty that only faithful friends and loved ones have. This kind of beauty goes much deeper than mere physical appearance. Their voice is reassuring. Their presence gladdens our hearts. Finding them nearby when we are struggling is such a relief. So, let's make sure these faithful friends and loved ones know how beautiful, pleasant, and lovely they are to us!
Father, thank you for the friends who stick close to me as I face the challenges and hardships in life. Thank you for their presence in those times of joy and victory. Holy Spirit, I ask that You nudge me and remind me to thank them, affirm them, and let them know how precious and beautiful they are to me. In Jesus' name, I make this request and offer my thanks. Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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