February 26, 2015

Read: Ephesians 4:31-32

Her name is Itchy.  She was a stray.  Not the kind of stray that has been checked out and cared for at the animal shelter before adoption.  No, she was the kind that wanders up to a house literally starving to death, full of mange, covered in fleas (did you figure that out from her name?), malnourished, and scarred from fights.  She had not been treated well by her previous owners!  I wondered if my friends knew what they were getting into when they took her in.  Dogs often hold grudges toward humans once they’ve been abused.

Apparently, not Itchy!  She has been sweet, calm, and even tempered.  She sleeps where she’s told, goes out when it’s time, and even gets in the tub without a fuss!  The past has been forgiven, and she’s forging new relationships with a clean slate.  What a girl!  If only we could forgive so completely, what a difference we could make!  Ephesians 4:31-32 commands us to “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Forgiving is tough, but essential in keeping healthy relationships alive!

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God for growth in your compassion and love toward others.  Offer prayers for your loved ones and others who do not know Jesus and for those in need.  Ask God to use you to tell others about Him and show His love. Offer prayers concerning your activities for this day and any special concerns you have.