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II Corinthians 1 - 6
"I commit to growing and living by the fear of the Lord. I also commit to learning and living by His commandments. He is the love of my eternal life and so I set my heart to full know, love, seek, serve and please Him. And when I miss it I will humbly repent, get right with God and headed back on His will for my life."
This week let’s invest some prayer time for the Alive Music Festival going on at Atwood Lake which our teens will be attending. Let’s pray for them and all those attending that God would move big, speaking to them and impacting their lives. Also let’s pray for the ministry times that people would be saved, restored and helped.
July 16, 2017
Matthew 5:6-7, 21-16, 18:15-35, Luke 17:1-10, James 2:12-13, Ephesians 4:2, 31-32, Colossians 3:12-14, 1 Peter 3:8, 4:8, Psalm 106:1, 107:1, Lamentations 3:22-23
Let’s not get complacent or plateau in our hunger and thirst for God but keep stirring up our hearts for more insight and revelation from His Word, deeper and stronger times in His presence as we pray and worship. Let’s not live on yesterday’s God moments but keep our hearts stirred for todays…and tomorrows!
Aren’t we all so grateful that God’s mercies are new every morning? That they endure forever?? That He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness? But when it comes to us being merciful, forgiving and living tenderhearted towards others…it can be a real struggle. Why? Because when someone does us wrong or is doing wrong it upsets our heart, hurts our heart, offends our heart…and we either work to keep it tender or it becomes hardened in the area of mercy.
Walking out Jesus’ command to forgive starts with the heart and continues with the heart. We will either intentionally feed on mercy scriptures, pray and spend time in God’s presence to cultivate a tender heart of mercy, compassion and patience to forgive or we will become bitter, harsh, critical, more easily provoked, more easily offended till we are hard hearted and unforgiving. Unforgiveness impacts our faith, prayer life, relationships, condition of our hearts and souls, our walk and service for God, our receiving His mercy and forgiving ourselves.
God’s goal is unity, peace through forgiveness and reconciliation. A united family flowing together and growing together in love and mercy. So through God we’ll work to keep our hearts tender, our perspective realistic and God directed, our mind renewed and put forgiveness and mercy to action!
Life Application: How tender is your heart and what are things that are undealt with that have it hardened?