Verse of the Day: Colossians 3:13
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
In all our relationships, whether it’s with a friend, family member or spouse at some point one of us may do something to make the other angry or hurt each other’s feelings. We’re not perfect and we make mistakes. It may be something small or something really big, either way it’s how we handle these offenses that determines how the relationship will proceed. It takes genuine forgiveness to make a relationship work and survive. God has forgiven us of all our sins both big and small and He expects us to forgive others as well.
Verse of the Day: Psalm 37:8
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret–it leads only to evil.
Sometimes, during an argument, in the heat of the moment we say things we don’t mean. We let our anger get the best of us and we lose control of our emotions. If you find yourself on either side of this situation you need to do two things: First, let go of your anger, it only leads to evil; and second, forgive each other because your heavenly Fathers forgives you. (Matthew 6:14)
Verse of the Day: Psalm 119:15
I will meditate on your precepts, and contemplate your ways.
Do you know what a precept is? It is a command, a general rule intended to regulate behavior or thought. Instead of focusing on your problems or things that upset, disappoint or annoy you think about the way God wants you to deal with them, how He wants you to respond. God’s ways are pure and good and they are always better than your ways.
Verse of the Day: Matthew 11:29
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
If your life feels out of control, in turmoil or you’re feeling angry, Jesus is the answer. Jesus was a great example of how to be gentle and humble. Gentleness = kind, mild in temperament; Humbleness = respectful, showing a modest estimate of one’s own importance. Follow the example of Jesus Christ and you will find rest for your soul.
Verse of the Day: Proverbs 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
We have a choice in how we handle any situation and we have a choice in what comes out of our mouth. We can choose gentle words that turn away anger or harsh words that stir up anger. It may not always be easy but with the help of the Lord we can make the right choice.
Verse of the Day: Luke 6:27-28
But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
The devil loves it when he can get you to react like the world, when he can get you to lose control and become angry. It’s not easy to turn the other cheek when someone offends you but Jesus didn’t say it would be easy, he said, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you”. Let the love of God rule your life.
Verse of the Day: Proverbs 25:21-22
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.
Have you ever heard the expression “kill them with kindness”? It means to put an end to anger and bitterness by showing kindness and generosity. The more you treat your enemy with unexpected kindness and generosity the more they will see the same love, forgiveness, mercy and grace that the Lord shows you.