40 Days of Joy - Be Reasonable - Day 27

"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: 

The biggest hindrance to having gracious and reasonable thoughts, expectations and actions is our own self-centeredness. It causes us to be touchy and irritated with others and to respond with anger when our agenda is thwarted. We can’t even see that we are alienating others with our over-reactions. Here’s how to be reasonable and gracious:

Philippians 2:3-4 - Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

According to verse 3, what should NOT be the motive for our endeavors?

How are we to make others more important than ourselves (vs. 3)?

What does humility look like?

Where is our focus to be (vs. 4)?

.Apply God’s Word to your life:

  • What selfish pursuits have been hurting your relationships?
  • Who do you need to value more in your life?
  • Whose interests should you be looking out for?

Father, I am a sinner. Thank you for sending Jesus to be my Savior. Forgive me for being so focused on my agenda that I have alienated others. Create in me a new heart, one which values others. Help me to be interested, caring and engaged with people. Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

Romans 14:19 - So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

Romans 12:14-16 - Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. 

1 Thessalonians 5:14-18 - And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.  See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

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