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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, January 19, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
The Bible doesn’t tell us that we shouldn’t feel angry, but it points out that it is important to handle our anger properly. If vented thoughtlessly, anger can hurt others and destroy relationships. If bottled up inside, it can cause us to become bitter and destroy us from within. Paul tells us to deal with our anger immediately in a way that builds relationships rather than destroys them. If we nurse our anger, we will give Satan an opportunity to divide us. Are you angry with someone right now? What can you do to resolve your differences? Don’t let the day end before you begin to work on mending your relationship.
We can bring sorrow to the Holy Spirit by the way we live Paul warns us against unwholesome language, bitterness, improper use of anger, harsh words, slander, and bad attitudes toward others. Instead of acting that way, we should be loving, just as God has forgiven us. Are you bringing sorrow or pleasing God with your attitudes and actions? Act in love toward your brothers and sisters in Christ, just as God acted in love by sending his Son to die for your sins. (NLT)
Ephesians 4:25-32 – So put away all falsehood and “tell your neighbor the truth” because we belong to each other. And “don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil.
If you are a thief, stop stealing. Begin using your hands for honest work, and then give generously to others in need. Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he is the one who has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
If you remember that you brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift . . . before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. –Matthew 5:23-24 (NRSV)
Gary A. Miller (California) titled his story “BROKEN;” here is a portion of Gary’s story:
“. . . However, I find that fixing objects is easier than fixing relationships. At times, I have wounded others with my harsh words or a mean spirit. In those moments, I wish I could run to the toolbox for a wrench, screwdriver, or pliers. But a wrench or screwdriver can’t reduce the pain I have caused. And words alone are not sufficient to take away another’s anguish, even if I meant no harm.
“When we have hurt someone with our words, we can turn to God’s word. What we find there reminds us that repentance and forgiveness are needed. When we sincerely repent, God helps us through our troubles—even those we have caused ourselves. God instructs us in ways of reconciliation (Matt. 5:23-24) and reminds us to be patient ([see below] Ps. 40:1-3). Repairing broken relationships is not easy. But remembering God’s promises and seeing them fulfilled in the lives of God’s people in the Bible gives us hope. Our relationships can be restored because through it all, God will stand by us and guide us.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God wants a deeper relationship with us.
Prayer: Dear God, lead us to speak words of kindness and truth as we seek forgiveness and restoration. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
Waiting for God to help us is not easy, but David received four benefits from waiting: God (1) lifted him out of his despair, (2) set his feet on solid ground, (3) steadied him as he walked, and (4) put a new song of praise in his mouth. Often blessings cannot be received unless we go through the trial of waiting. (NLT)
Psalm 40:1-3 – I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be astounded. They will put their trust in the Lord.