Parent Traps (Part 40, Conclusion)
Overcome: By You
In all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.
Titus 2:7-8 (NASB)
Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, watching over them--not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
1 Peter 5:2-4 (NIV)
You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
2 Corinthians 3:2-3 (NIV)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: If your talent is a lovely lure, if your behavior is fresh, new bait, if Jesus is sailing the boat, then your example means everything.
For you are 'God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance' (Ephesians 2:10) for you to do.
When other kids scoff at their parents, don't. When some parents complain about their kids, don't. When your family hurts you, forgive. When relationships with your kin break, fix them. Be the first to surrender a grudge. You're setting the stage for reunion.
No matter how terrible the sin, give it to the Lord and move forward. When people speak of their grievances, no matter how justified they seem, offer them a gentle reminder. If the complainant is a Christian, mention the mandate of forgiveness.
If the complaint comes from the outside, be still like an oasis of peace, inspiring the soon-to-come question: What's the Reason for the hope you have?
In the evil game of parent traps, enemy score: zero. Jesus wins.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Parent Traps series.