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Thought and Prayer for Monday, February 17, 2020

Monday, February 17, 2020

February 17, 2020 BE RESPONSIVE

Living in our own little world gets comfortable. We do our own thing and tend to run with the same crowd. However, being responsive to others means we get out of our comfort zone and do the uncomfortable things…until those things become routine. Why would we want to do that? Because we want to respond to God and to others according to God’s word.

God wants us to be like Jesus so we can become spiritually strong. To do that requires time with Him but also time serving and helping others. God gives us what we need to do to build relationships with others in His word. He says show mercy, be kind, have patience, show gentleness. Make allowances for other’s faults. Forgive others. Show love. Seek peace. Be thankful. When we practice these things with all people – even those hard to love – we will build a firm foundation in Christ.

SCRIPTURE:
Colossians 3:12-15 “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. Write what you do to show kindness to others.
2. List ways you can practice patience with those who are hard to love.
3. Know God can help you when you pray and read His word.
4. Start today showing kindness, love and forgiveness to others.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, help us to respond to others as Jesus did. We want to show love to others. We want to seek ways to help them. Show us how to truly love others as You do. Help us to show mercy, practice patience, and forgive. We don’t know the situations others deal with but we do know we can offer love and kindness to them. Help us to remember to do this with everyone we see. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

REMEMBER:
We don’t know what issues others are dealing with. We should always respond with kindness and love.

“People don’t always say what they mean – but they always feel what they feel.” RICK WARREN

We are to practice being kind to others and forgiving. We don’t know what they have gone through but we can ask God how we can help them.

Ephesians 4:31-32 “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” (NLT)

We are to follow the example of Christ and love all people.

FOCUS:
Ephesians 5:1-2a “Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ.” (NLT)
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