Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
All information is at our finger tips. We have no need for memory. But information alone does not transform. As the words of God take root in our souls they gain the power to transform us.
July 17th – Psalm 70
July 18th – Psalm 83
July 19th – Matthew 5
July 20th – Proverbs 29
July 21st – Lamentations 3
July 22nd – Jeremiah 23
July 23rd – Psalm 137
As you read about God, how he has revealed himself, and his ways, take a few minutes to consider these questions.
- What connects with you or stands out today?
- What does this say about God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and how do you respond to that?
- How does this relate to all areas of your life–relationships, work, rest, neighborhood, etc?
Monday We all have people who receive the brunt of our anger. Ask God to give you patience with those people today. Ask Him to help you extend grace, even when it is difficult.
Tuesday “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:44
Wednesday There are injustices in the world that should make us angry. Spend time praying for those who are victims of injustice and for those who are working to fight against those injustices. Pray that God’s Kingdom would come and His will would be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Thursday Spend time journaling your prayers. Tell God how you are feeling – content, stressed, angry, joyful, hopeful, tired, etc. Thank Him for His presence and for loving you no matter what.
Friday Practice stillness. Breathe deeply. Put away all distractions. Be quiet and present with Jesus. Allow Him to calm your heart, mind and body as you sit with Him.
Saturday Are you holding onto anger or withholding forgiveness from someone? Ask God to begin releasing you from your anger and unforgiveness, even where it feels justified. Ask Him to move you towards loving that person.
Sunday There are always reasons to be angry. There are also always reasons to give thanks. Today, spend time thanking God for His goodness. Make a list of the things He has given you for which to be grateful.
To live life with someone we have to interact with them and spend time together. It is no different with God. As you connect with God remember that others are doing this with you today. It is a way we are the body of Christ together.