Fusion Family Devotional Part 2 of 2
We hope you were able to join us for our Fusion Family Service this Sunday. If not you can check it out here! We at Concord Community Church would love to have you visit us this Sunday!
Lord, as we gather to learn from Your Word, help us to always remember the power of unity, friendship, and Your presence in our lives. Guide our hearts to be true friends to one another and strengthen the bonds within our family. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Reading: Ecclesiastes 4:12
"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
Ecclesiastes 4:12 is a beautiful reminder of the strength found in numbers, particularly in unity and friendship. The writer of Ecclesiastes tells us that when we face struggles, having someone by our side can make all the difference. But this verse isn’t just about numbers; it’s also about the quality and depth of our relationships.
Imagine you have a single strand of thread. It might be easy to snap or break it with just a little pressure. But when you twist multiple threads together, they become stronger and can hold much more weight. This strength is like the strength we find when we stand together, support one another, and have Christ at the center of our relationships.
For families, this verse reminds us that we are each other's support system. Parents, siblings, and even extended family members have unique roles to play, helping and encouraging each other. And for friends, this is a call to stand by one another, especially in trying times.
Teaching Our Children about Friendship:
True Friendship: Ask your children what they think makes a good friend. Discuss the qualities of loyalty, kindness, understanding, and being there in good times and bad.
Friends Support: Share a story about a time when a friend helped you or when you helped a friend. Ask your children about their experiences with their friends.
Jesus, Our Best Friend: Talk about how Jesus is the best example of a true friend. He loves us unconditionally, is always there for us, and even gave His life for us.
Encourage your children to think about how they can be better friends. Is there someone they can reach out to at school or in the neighborhood? Is there an act of kindness they can do for a friend this week?
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of friendship and for the love and support of our family. Help us to be true friends to those around us, and may we always keep You at the center of our relationships, forming that unbreakable three-stranded cord. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Let this week be a week of strengthening bonds. Reach out to friends or family members you haven’t spoken to in a while. Extend a hand of friendship to someone new. And always remember, with Christ at the center, our bonds are not easily broken.