Strategy to help us live for Him day by day

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, September 29, 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:

Paul offers a strategy to help us live for Him day by day: (1) Imitate Christ’s compassionate, forgiving attitude; (2) let love guide your life; (3) let the peace of Christ rule in your heart; (4) always be thankful; 5) keep God’s Word in you at all times; (6) live as Jesus Christ’s representative. (NLT)

Colossians 3:12-17 – Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

Let words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father.

Quoted verse: Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. – Romans 12:10 (NIV)

“Story” – Julie Lavender (Georgia, USA) titled her story “BLURRED VISION;” here is Julie’s story:

“Most mornings as I put my contacts in, I pray, ‘Thank you, God, for the gift of sight.’ But one morning after a difficult night at church with teenagers, I used the time instead for a gripe session. ‘I’m done, God. I’m through volunteering with youth. They’re not appreciative. They’re disrespectful. They’re just a bunch of self-absorbed kids who can’t focus for even one minute on anything else.’   All the while, I fought with my contacts. I fumbled one, flipped the other. Aloud, I half-heartedly asked God, ‘What are you trying to tell me – that I’m seeing this all wrong?’

“With some thought, I realized that I had been the self-absorbed one. Instead of seeing the young person with recently separated parents, I saw misbehavior. Instead of someone with an underage drinking problem, I saw disrespect. Where I should have seen one struggling with a cutting problem, I saw anger. God reminded me that Jesus ‘took the children in his arms’ (Mark 10:16). He loved them, cared for them, and was deeply concerned about their lives. And we are called to show the same compassion. I prayed – for the kids, for their issues, and for my blurred vision. And I vowed that rather than showing them my disapproval, I would show them my love. I think God just might want us to relate to everyone this way.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Every day, I will see others the way God sees them.

Prayer: Dear God, help us to love your children as Jesus does – with arms wide open and hands ready to bless. Amen.

Prayer Focus: TEENAGERS AND YOUTH WORKERS

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