“May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus.”
Romans 15:5 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: How about those folks that just absolutely rub you the wrong way? They seem to be everywhere these days, but then again, maybe that’s just me. I’m so thankful that we can depend on God for equipping us with the diligence and encouragement we need to live in kindness and compassion with those who view or live their lives in ways that are opposed to the ways we find most peaceful. I’m sure Jesus encountered many who would have fit that description. He would have been patient with and had compassion on them. That type of treatment is contrary to our initial nature, but God can bless us with those attributes and characteristics that will please Him in dealing with others. This is especially poignant for me, especially this week as I have been dealing with mental/emotional distress. I share these things so we all know that we aren’t alone, not because I’m wanting attention, but I would appreciate your prayers.
Prayer for today: Today, I pray that God would grant us His peace in every situation so we would be able to have compassion on and see the goodness in others, despite how they make us feel. That we would resolve ourselves to having a life focused centrally on Jesus Christ and that every word and action we take would be for the glory of God.
If you need prayer, please reply and I will pray for you. If you would like to talk about this verse or have questions, I’m always open for your feedback.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope…