Monday, April 24, 2023

Monday, April 24, 2023
Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

I’ve heard it said that faith isn’t the absence of doubt, but the act of clinging on despite the doubts. If faith was the assurance of things that we could see, it wouldn’t be faith. That would simply be sight. Faith is the conviction of things that aren’t always obvious to us, like God’s love, His plan, and His providence. Pain and uncertainty are potent realities that are hard to ignore, but by clinging to the Word of God and the person of Jesus, faith can exist despite everything.

Friday, April 21, 2023

Friday, April 21, 2023
Galatians 5:25
If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.

The Fruit of the Spirit are attributes that become second nature when the Holy Spirit is present in your life. Love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness and more all flow from the life of someone whose heart is set on Christ. It’s the direct opposite of sin nature, or as the Bible calls it “the flesh,” which manifests as selfishness, jealousy, and hate. Paul encourages believers in his letters to not only live by the Spirit, but to directly avoid sin nature and temptation. To not only produce good fruit, but to cut off bad branches before they produce bad fruit. The person you are and the choices you make are important; treat them carefully and live every day with the humility and gentleness that Christ himself displayed.

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Thursday, April 20, 2023
Proverbs 15:1
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Someone claiming to be a follower of Christ who doesn’t control their tongue damages not only others, but themselves and their reputation. What are people supposed to make of your beliefs if the things that come out of your mouth are so different? How could someone speak with such hate toward one person, and with such love to another? The Word says that the tongue is dangerous; like a tiny match, it can easily set a whole forest ablaze. Taming your words is hard work, but the perfect example of gentleness is one prayer away. Ask Christ to give you the same grace for others that He gives to you daily, and He will show you how to love them as He does.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Matthew 11:29
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Jesus seemed to have a calming presence, even when He said things that shook people’s worldview and left them wondering. He spoke with authority, but He wasn’t harsh. He spoke the truth, but He didn’t condemn others. He was gentle with His children, and He commanded His children to be gentle to each other. He isn’t a cruel Savior, and the gift of salvation isn’t one you have to struggle for. His yoke is easy, and His burden is light. Christ is right there with you on the battlefield, but He’s also with you in the quiet moments as a gentle hand on your shoulder, and a tender voice to calm the storm.

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Tuesday, April 18, 2023
2 Timothy 2:24-25
And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth.

Human souls are the most valuable things in all Creation; precious enough that the Lord sent a part of Himself to die so that they could be saved. If that’s true, it makes sense why the way we treat others matters so much to God. This brief window of time we call life is where the eternal fate of souls is decided. A person’s experiences, the decisions they make, and the people who influence them are all factors that can affect if they come to Christ in their lifetime. Who are we to treat them poorly? Treat others with love and with gentleness; the same gentleness that Jesus would’ve shown you if He were here right now. You might be the only good look at Christ that someone will ever get. Make it a good one!

Monday, April 17, 2023

Monday, April 17, 2023
Proverbs 29:25
Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

God intended for life to be peaceful forever. Thanks to mankind’s original sin, it’s not… but that doesn’t mean peace is no longer a priority. God wants His children to have lives that are rich with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, and all the Fruits of the Spirit. By living a life that makes your Creator smile, you make the world around you look that much more like He originally intended. Live gently, nurturing good things in life and taking care of what God has given you. You won’t have this life forever, but while you do, live it the way He wants you to.