40 Days of Joy - Whatever is Honorable - Day 39

"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: 

One winter Sunday, many years ago, a very tall homeless man with a blanket around his shoulders walked in and sat down at the end of the row. It was quite obvious that it had been a long time since he had showered. Everyone in the auditorium saw him. What would have gone through your mind? How would you have reacted?

I Samuel 16:7 - For God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

If we treat someone with honor, we treat them with respect, value and dignity. Therefore, to let our minds dwell on what is honorable, we dwell on things that are virtuous, good and of value. When we struggle with people, we can remind ourselves of the value each person has in God’s eyes and we can focus on the love that God has for them. The result will be that we treat them with love, respect, compassion and grace, which is exactly what happened at the end of service that day. People greeted the homeless man with love, offered him a meal and treated him with respect.

Apply God’s Word to your life:

  • What dishonorable and degrading thoughts do you need to take captive today?
  • Ask God to help you dwell on what is honorable today.

Father, I praise You that You do not see as I see. Forgive me for all the times I have filled my mind with worthless, empty and dishonorable thoughts. Help me to focus my thoughts on what is honorable today and treat people accordingly. Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

Romans 12:10 - Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

Philippians 1:9-11 - And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

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