Scripture in the Morning #98
Each command of God’s Word is part of God working within us that which is pleasing in His sight.
Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Each command is His giving, we receiving, we being blessed and He moving us through it all to bless others. We start…
Ephesians. 4:26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
Some thoughts for your consideration. This verse says that anger is seemingly at times legitimate and reasonable – but that in that anger we should not sin. By God moving us to be obedient to this command, it will both bless us and make us more a blessing to others. It says to process that anger and let it go. Do not dwell on it. Do not dwell on it even one day. So…
If things in the world or politics, or politicians, or environmental issues or other things like that have you worried, frustrated or angry… well acknowledge that you wish it were different and that is that. Let it go. There is no time to waste worrying about or getting frustrated or angry over things you cannot change. Do not let the sun set on such thoughts. Jettison them. We have no time for that. What we need to focus on is what we can change. Some suggestions…
Who can we encourage today? Name them by name and consider what you can do directly in the here-and-now to bless them. This flows from…
Galatians 6:10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
If we are wrapped up in worry over things we cannot change – as so many of us are – will we have the energy to seek after the needs of those around us who we can positively impact?
If drained of energy by needless worry over things we cannot change, will we have the right mind-set to say “Lord, I seek this day to be a blessing and so please, God, move me to see how I can be a blessing to someone today"?
Will we have the right frame of mind to actually cease the opportunity to do good to someone in our midst?
A closing suggestion for you to consider. What is a better use of time – and better mental and heart preparation to serve – dwelling on things that get us angry or dwelling on the content of a verse like 1 Peter 4:10?
1 Peter 4:10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.