TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, June 30, 2020:
Fond attachment; devotion or love; feeling; the compassionate realm of love.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort in love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Genuine affection is demonstrated by a selfless kindness that will cause a person to put aside their own interests for the good of another. Affection is a family sort of love and involves ones entire being. It is not based on personal attraction. Affection is the sincere love that Jesus imparts to us and wants us to feel for others. Christ like affection demands our personal involvement.
One of the best illustrations in the Bible for us to look at today about affection is the relationship between David and Jonathan.
In I Samuel 18:1 we are told that when they met each other an immediate bond developed between them. The scripture says that Jonathan loved David as himself. Jonathan showed his affection by giving David his robe, his tunic, his sword and his bow and belt.
Jonathan was King Saul’s son and David was the King’s son-in-law. Saul became very jealous of David because of his rise to fame. David was Saul’s greatest threat. David had successes in battle which caused the people to admire him. Saul wanted to kill David because he also knew Samuel had anointed David to be the next king.
Jonathan and David sealed their affection to one another by making a covenant. Jonathan agreed to keep David informed of Saul’s plots to kill him. David promised to always treat Jonathan’s family well after he became king.
Jonathan saw David’s faith in the Lord and saw that David always tried to do what was right in the eyes of the Lord. Because of their deep affection for one another David and Jonathan had complete trust in one another. Jonathan did not allow his affection for his father Saul which he never lost, blind him from the fact that his father desired to kill David which he knew was wrong. Jonathan had to choose between being loyal to his father or doing what was right. Sometimes in life we are going to have to make difficult choices just as Jonathan had to.
In Psalm 136, the Psalmist expressed that affection that God has for us endures forever. In Jeremiah 31:3 we are reminded of the Lord’s affection to us. It is written that God has loved us with an everlasting love. It is because of this love for us that He reached out to us with a loving kindness to save us from our sins.
God wants us to have the same genuine affection for others that He has for us. Genuine affection is revealed not by words but by actions of personal involvement. Jonathan showed his affection by giving David some of his personal possessions and warning him of Saul’s plans.
God showed His affection for us by giving us His only Son to die on a cross to save us from all our sin and give us eternal life.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Philippians 1:21.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Thank You Lord, for Your genuine affection for me. Thank You for Your compassionate love for me which made You desire to give Your life for me to give me eternal life. Help me to show my family, friends and neighbors the genuine Christ honoring affection You desire for all who believe in You to show to others.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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