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.
"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive." Colossians 3:12-13
In order to love God’s way, we eliminate our earthly old self and we put on our new self. This happens when we let God’s Word transform our lives and then seek to live in a way that pleases Him by treating others with compassion, and by putting their needs above our own. We examine our hearts to make sure that we forgive anyone with whom we have a complaint so that we don’t become bitter and hurt others.
Apply God’s Word to your life.
· Which of your needs tend to get in the way of putting other people's needs above your own?
· Whose needs does God want you to put above your own today?
· Whom do you need to forgive and release from the hold they have on our life?
Father, thank you for being a God of transformation. Help me to put the needs of others above mine today. Give me the patience to put others first. Help me to extend forgiveness to those who have hurt me because You forgave me when I didn’t deserve it. Amen.
Related verses to meditate on:
"Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5
"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." Philippians 2:3
"See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled." Hebrews 12:15
Posted on Wed, February 12, 2014
by Sam Petitfils