We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:1-4 (ESV)
Here I am. I am ready to receive your instruction. I am willing to follow your guidance. Teach me, so that I can know how to fully live my life with and for you. I will listen attentively to your word. I will mediate on your word day and night. I will take your word deeply into my heart and mind and life. I will allow your word to dwell in me richly. I am at your feet. I have quieted myself before you. You have my full attention. Use your word to change my heart. Use your word to transform my mind. Use your word to guide my life. Instruct me Lord, I am listening. That is very good.
You have chosen what is better. You have made your heart and mind and life available to me. You have withdrawn from the noise and busyness of life. You have slowed down and stopped to listen to me. You are making it your daily pattern and practice to meet with me in my word. Yes, there is no place I would rather be. There is nothing that I would rather do. I can see that in you. That is very good. In my presence, you will be changed. In my presence, you will be transformed. In my presence, I will mold and shape you. You will follow my example. You will live as I lived. You will think like I thought. You will act like I acted. No longer will you live to please yourself. Rather, you will live to do good. You will bear with the failings of the weak. You will build up your neighbor, according to their needs. My word will give you strength. My word will give you encouragement, as you go and do whatever I ask of you. My hand will be on you. My favor will be with you. You will bear fruit for my kingdom. You will bring glory to my name. You will store up treasure in heaven with me. Thank you, Lord, I am at your service. I am listening to you. That is very good.
Lord, thank you that your word is powerfully instructing me on how to live my life with and for you. I will follow your example. I bear with the failings of the weak. I will serve others according to their needs. I will do good by building up my neighbor. Amen
Key Question… How are you daily allowing God’s word to dwell in you richly so it can teach and instruct you?
Living It Out… Take God’s word deeply into your heart and mind and life so you can be instructed on how to live your life for Him.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that God’s word will instruct you on how to live your life for Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are building up your neighbors according to their needs.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you allow God’s word to instruct you on how to live your life with and for Him.
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