We can remove bitterness from our lives

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, March 21, 2019

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

Life can bring us some bad situations. We can feel cheated, as Esau did, but we don’t have to remain bitter. We can remove bitterness from our lives by honestly expressing our feelings to God, forgiving those who have wronged us, and being content with what we have. (NLT)

Genesis 33:1-11 – Then, in the distance, Jacob saw Esau coming with his four hundred men. Jacob now arranged his family into a column, with his two concubines and their children at the front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last. Then Jacob went on ahead. As he approached his brother, he bowed low seven times before him. Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him affectionately and kissed him. Both of them were in tears.

Then Esau looked at the women and children and asked, “Who are these people with you?”

“These are the children God has graciously given to me,” Jacob replied. Then the concubines came forward with their children and bowed low before him. Next Leah came with her children, and they bowed down. Finally, Rachel and Joseph came and made their bows.

“And what were all the flocks and herds I met as I came?” Esau asked.

Jacob replied, “They are gifts, my lord, to ensure your goodwill.”

“Brother, I have plenty,” Esau answered. “Keep what you have.”

“No, please accept them,” Jacob said, “for what a relief it is to see your friendly smile. It is like seeing the smile of God! Please take my gifts, for God has been very generous to me. I have more than enough.” Jacob continued to insist, so Esau finally accepted them.

Quoted verse: Jacob prayed, “Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children.” –Genesis 32:11 (NIV)

“Story” – Grant Showalter (Florida, USA) titled his story “WHY SO AFRAID?” Here is a portion of Grant’s story:

“One time in elementary school I said something mean to a kid in my class. Mike was a tough kid and much bigger than I so I expected that when we went outside for recess, he was going to beat me up. . . . I had worried over nothing.

“Fear does serve a purpose. If not for fear, we would take foolish risks, endangering our lives. But we can’t fear everything. Jacob cheated his brother Esau out of his rightful inheritance twice, and then ran away for years. . . . Jacob wasted years fearing his brother’s vengeance – for nothing. Esau had long since forgiven his brother.

“If we can do something to fix a bad situation, then we should do it. Regardless, we can exercise our faith and turn our worries over to God.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Jesus tells me that worrying cannot add a single hour to my life. (See [* below] Matt. 6:27)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we know you care about every aspect of our lives. Help us to trust you more and to worry less. Amen.

* Matthew 6:27 – [Jesus said] “. . . Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not. . . .”

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