The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things. (KJV) ( Proverbs 15:28 )
Big questions require thoughtful responses. Better to pause, pray and find the right words when facing a tricky situation. When we rush to reply in haste, we often make matters worse. God knows sometimes our first inclinations are not our best ones. Time gives us the chance to find wisdom in difficulty.
Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied. (KJV) ( Jude 1:2 )
We are on a mission to continuously improve in mercy, peace, and love towards others. We can never be fully filled with peace or fully filled with mercy or fully filled with love. We can never say to ourselves, I am an expert in mercy and there is no room for improvement. However, each day we can take one step closer to God, who in turn grants us the ability to love more.
A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. (KJV) ( Proverbs 12:10 )
Animals are God’s precious creatures. He placed us above them not just to rule over them, but also to care for them. While it is good to help others in need, we should not forget about the animals in need of our nurturing. There are many shelters that need our help, which can be given through volunteering, fostering, and more. Isabella came from a shelter, and I am so glad I adopted her. She is a wonderful companion.
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. (KJV) ( Matthew 10:16 )
As much as we should desire to be kind and giving, sometimes it can be difficult to do so in our current culture. We want to be good but don’t want to be taken advantage of. Like many things in life, this requires a delicate balance of assertiveness and servitude. If you are heavy on assertiveness, try being a bit more subservient today by allowing others to express themselves more. If you are in need of more assertiveness, try speaking up today, either by asking questions or praising someone.
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, (KJV) ( Ephesians 3:17 )
When you place your faith in God and trust that His plans for you are better than you can imagine, Christ will send the Holy Spirit to you. Through prayer and daily reading of the Bible, a relationship will grow. This relationship is unlike any other, and it will sharpen you to constantly grow to be more like Christ
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; (KJV) ( Ephesians 6:18 )
God does not tire of hearing your voice. Do you have a worry? A need? A reason for thanks? God wants to hear about it. Prayer is the appropriate response in every occasion. Take time to pray and connect with God today.
He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. (KJV) ( Ecclesiastes 3:11 )
Sometimes it’s hard to see the beauty in things, people, or life’s events. It’s easy to be overwhelmed, stressed, and busy yet we don’t take the time to see the beauty that surrounds us. He sees us as His beautiful creation. Remember that God has made us unique in His image. Look in the mirror and smile at God’s beautiful creation!
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (KJV) ( Philippians 4:6 )
Do your best with the talents God has given you, and relinquish to Him the things over which you have no control. When you turn all of your worries to God, a sense of peace will set in. If you feel anxiety and worry building up in your thoughts, take a moment to ask your Heavenly Father to calm your fears. Remember to thank Him by acknowledging that He is the creator of this earth.
Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD. (KJV) ( Psalms 144:15 )
I’ve got some great news for you- God desires for you to be happy! He loves when your life is filled with laughter, beauty and joy. He delights when a smile animates your face. When your consider God’s plan for your life, don’t forget, God’s people are called to be happy!
For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? (KJV) ( Matthew 5:46-47 )
As God’s people, we are representatives of the difference He has made in our lives. If we behave the way nonbelievers do, how does this glorify God? It’s often difficult and ironic to love those who have hurt you in some way, whether it’s a coworker or even your father or mother. However, it’s amazing how much peace comes to you when you learn to replace resentment with love.