40 Days of Compassion - Day 18 - Deal With Your Heart

Begin your time with God in prayer.

Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him.  Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.
Read Mark 12:30-31 slowly and purposely.  Allow God to write it on your heart.

"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." Colossians 3:12-14

We have all been hurt and we all hurt people.  Hurt causes separation.  Separation destroys unity.  We've all been influenced by the attitudes of our parents, our teachers, our friends and media on how to deal with our hurt.  Spiritual transformation and life change happens when we allow God’s Word to renew our minds and hearts.  Start today by dealing with your hurt according to God’s Word.

Apply God’s Word to your life.
· Whom do you need to forgive?  We forgive because God forgave us when we didn't deserve to be forgiven and told us to do the same.
· Ask God to give you the patience to bear with the people who irritate you.
· Remember that you intentionally and unintentionally hurt people.  Give others the grace you yourself need.

Father, thank you for forgiving me when I did not deserve it.  I confess that there are people in my life who have hurt me or who have angered me.  Help me to forgive them and release the debt by not bringing it up again. Remind me every time I want to bring it up again that I am no better that they are.  I, too, have hurt people and am in need of Your grace over and over again.  Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

"Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."  Ephesians 4:31-32

"Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much.  But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”  Luke 7:47

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