40 Days of Joy - Be Gracious - Day 26

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice."  Philippians 4:4

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. Yield your will to God’s will.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart: 

To be gracious means to extend grace to another. It’s to be kind and give each other the benefit of the doubt. Ephesians 4:29-32 shows us how we can be gracious in our words and our actions.

Ephesians 4:29-32 - 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

What type of talk should not come out of our mouths (vs. 29)?

What should our words do (vs. 29)?

What are we to get rid of according to verse 31?

How are we to treat each other (vs. 32)?

Apply God’s Word to your life:

  • Memorize Ephesians 4:29.
  • Be intentional about speaking words that build others up.
  • Be aware of your actions. They will either please God or grieve God.
  • Deal with your own sinful thoughts, attitudes, emotions and actions.
  • Choose to be kind, gentle and forgiving today.

Father, my heart's desire is to please You today.  Help me to pause, pray and not speak unless I am at peace in my heart.  Give me words to build up and encourage.  Remind me that the goal is oneness in Christ, not being right. Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

Titus 3:1-2 - Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.

2 Timothy 2: 22-25  - So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. 

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