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Thought and Prayer for Thursday, May 23, 2019

Thursday, May 23, 2019

May 23, 2019 WORRYING ABOUT OTHERS

If we were asked if we worried about other people, most of us would respond that we don’t. However, we probably do. Worry can disguise itself in ways that we don’t see it as worry. When we gossip, we are worried about what others are doing. When we judge, we are worried and thinking about what people should or shouldn’t do. Rather than worrying, we need to start praying and showing them love. We need to seek ways to add value and help them rather than worrying about every single thing they do.

SCRIPTURE:
Luke 6:41-42 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying, ‘Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. Write about someone you have talked about recently.
2. List what things they are doing that you don’t understand.
3. Know God wants you to stop worrying about them and trying to figure them out.
4. Seek ways to show them love and support that God has shown to you.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, we pray You will help us to stop worrying about what others are doing and getting consumed in what they do. We know everyone is different and has unique qualities and skills. We don’t always understand what they do and why they do it but it is not our job to understand. We are to help and encourage them. Help us not to judge others but to show support and love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

REMEMBER:
Rather than worry about what others should or shouldn’t do, we can determine their needs and help them to do what is right and according to God’s will.

Romans 15:2 “We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.” (NLT)

We are called to encourage everyone – not just those who we like.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” (NLT)

Rather than worry about what others are doing, we are to be kind, loving and forgiving.

FOCUS:
Ephesians 4:32 “Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” (NLT)
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