Daily Devotion For Thursday March 23, 2017

1 Samuel 15:10-21 Ephesians 4:25-32

Thursday, March 23

1 Samuel 15:10-21
Ephesians 4:25-32

Ephesians 4:31-32
31Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, 32and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

Paul sent a letter to the Christian community in Ephesus encouraging his readers to live with one another in Christlike ways. Did he also have in mind the society in the larger community who would witness the way the Christians lived and spoke, and sense the impact of the spirit of love? We do not know of such intent but hopefully the Christians in Ephesus did act as “leaven in the loaf” making their society more gracious, understanding, and kind.

Our particular church and the church of all believers in the larger sense need to be reminded of how we are to live and forgive each other in love. We need to give up our self-centered ways and critical attitudes; we need to show grace and kindness in our words and deeds.
Is this also applicable to our own nation where there is so much division and anger?

We must remind ourselves that we are all God’s children and that He loves all of us. Voices of hate must not drown out the voices of mercy. This is not an easy path for us to take nor is it easy to discern the best choices in our words and deeds. We need to pray for divine wisdom and guidance as we seeks to live in Christlike ways.
Oh God, we thank you that in Christ you have forgiven us. Help us when we falter in our desire to be your ambassador for reconciliation. You have reconciled us to yourself in Christ and given us the ministry of reconciliation for in Christ you are reconciling the world to yourself. Amen.
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