The reminders of the Lord…Perfectly timed.
Ephesians 2:10 NLT
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Heavenly Father, thank you so much for making us, creating us, and designing ups. You put us together, as individual masterpieces, and yet part of your great MASTERpiece. Thank you that continue to make us yours through the work of your Son, Jesus Christ, in our lives. Please, O God, help us yield to His work and not stand in the way. May we embrace it, rather than pushing back and away from the uncomfortable steps that are necessary for our transformation. Lord, please enable us to remember that your purposes in creating each one of us is for much more than our happiness You've created us for good things, that declare your glory and fullfill your purposes, planned by you long ago.
If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat.
If they are thirsty, give them water to drink. ~ Proverbs 25:21 (NLT)
Honestly, Father, the thought of tending to needs of my enemies is a struggle for me. Rather than offering care to one who opposes me, as You would, I tend to rejoice in what I consider their judgement. Instead of looking with compassionate eyes, I sometimes view their situation through eyes of condemnation. My hurt, disillusionment, and frustration cloud my heart's vision. I allow my emotions to be my filter, not You. This is difficult to admit, but it is he truth. The thing is, that's not how I want to live. Denying forgiveness and executing judgement eats away at me and in no way honors You. I fight it, Father! It seems when I fight it, though, I lose. I need You to fight it for and through me. May I see with Your eyes, feel with Your heart, love with Your love. Enemy or friend ~ it shouldn't make a difference. You've spoken and I want to harken. Please live THROUGH me in every and all situations.
In Jesus' Name, Amen…
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