devotional

Do you have Joy?

This Week’s PROMISE: “God intends for you to experience His joy now and forever”” John 17:13 “Now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have My joy completed in them”

Have you made the choice to rejoice? Hopefully so. After all, if you’re a believer you have plenty of reasons to be joyful. Yet sometimes, amid the inevitable hustle and bustle of life here on earth, you may lose sight of your blessings as you wrestle with the challenges of everyday life.

Psalm 100 reminds us of that, as believers we have every reason to celebrate: “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness”

If you find yourself feeling discouraged or worse, it’s time to slow down and have a quiet conversation with your Creator. Christ offers you His peace and His joy. Accept it and share it freely!

Psalm 30:5 “Weeping may spend the night, but there is joy in the morning."

 

The Dangers of Refusing to Forgive Others

This Week’s Devotional PROMISE: Whenever we refuse to forgive others, we invite God’s displeasure Mark 11:25 “Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your wrongdoing”

Are you currently carrying a grudge against someone? If so, you know sometimes it’s very tough to forgive the people who have hurt you or someone very close to you. That’s too bad because life would be so much simpler if we could forgive people once and for all so we are done with it. However, forgiveness is seldom that easy. It’s a journey that requires effort, time, perseverance, and prayer. It’s not easy, but it is always the right thing to do.

When we forgive those who have hurt us, we honor God by obeying His commandments, but when we harbor resentment and bitterness against others, we disobey God with predictably unhappy results. If you have a person whom you haven’t forgiven, follow God’s commandment and His will for your life by forgiving that person today. Remember that bitterness, anger, and resentment are not part of God’s plan for your life. Forgiveness is.

The Gift of Eternal Life

This Week’s Devotional PROMISE: “God offers you the gift of eternal life through His Son” John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”

God’s grace is not earned, thank goodness! To earn God’s love and His gift of eternal life would be far beyond the abilities of even the most righteous man or woman. Thankfully, grace is not an earthly reward for righteous behavior it is a blessed spiritual gift which can be accepted by believers who dedicate themselves to God through Christ. We are saved not because of our good deeds but our faith in Christ.

Have you thanked God today for blessings that are too numerous to count?

The Importance of Forgiveness

This Week’s Devotional PROMISE: Whenever we refuse to forgive others, we invite God’s displeasure Mark 11:25 “Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your wrongdoing”

Are you currently carrying a grudge against someone? If so, you know sometimes it’s very tough to forgive the people who have hurt you or someone very close to you. That’s too bad because life would be so much simpler if we could forgive people once and for all so we are done with it. However, forgiveness is seldom that easy. It’s a journey that requires effort, time, perseverance, and prayer. It’s not easy, but it is always the right thing to do.

When we forgive those who have hurt us, we honor God by obeying His commandments, but when we harbor resentment and bitterness against others, we disobey God with predictably unhappy results. If you have a person whom you haven’t forgiven, follow God’s commandment and His will for your life by forgiving that person today. Remember that bitterness, anger, and resentment are not part of God’s plan for your life. Forgiveness is.