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Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Ecclesiastes 5:18
“Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot.”

The Bible often describes the life we live as “the blink of an eye” compared to the beautiful eternity waiting for us. Even those who don’t believe will agree that life is short. Though it might not be perfect and without sin anymore, life was meant to be enjoyed. Counting God’s blessings and finding joy in the path He has set you on are essential parts of living a joyful life. When you live in obedience to the Father, the joy He gives you will not only be clear to you, but to the hearts of everyone around you.

Monday, May 16, 2022
Psalm 118:24
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

The Lord holds the world in His hands, and every day of our lives is a blessing from Him. From the beginning of time till today, and until the end of the world, He knows what every single day will bring. He has woven His plan into your life and into the lives of the people around you, so that each, and every moment has purpose. Whatever happens, good or bad, this is the day the Lord has made. With our Father in charge, what reason do we have not to rejoice and be glad in it?

Friday, May 13, 2022
Matthew 5:7
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”

Mercy isn’t something that’s earned. If it was, you and I would certainly be doomed to an eternity separated from God. Mercy is a gift that demands nothing in return, and Christ offered it to everyone. In every situation we are called to show mercy, even if it isn’t asked for. Remember the mercy that you were shown by the Son of God, in that while you were still a sinner, He spilt His blood for you. We can never repay our own debts, but we can strive to forgive the debts of others.

Thursday, May 12, 2022
Proverbs 17:9
Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

It’s easy to hold a grudge, but it can be hard to move on. Chances are you’ve had trouble forgiving someone before, or perhaps you even known someone struggling to forgive you. The reality is that nobody, whether friends, family or even a spouse, will ever have a perfect record. We will all let each other down at some point because sin is wired into our nature. It’s reacting to the sins of others with the love of Christ that separates God’s children from the rest of the world.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Romans 3:23
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Some things are easier to forgive than others. People make mistakes, and oftentimes if you put yourself in their shoes, you can understand why they made the choices they did. But sometimes there is no excuse; evil exists in every corner of our fallen world, and some people’s actions can’t be defended or justified. But no matter the sin, God loves them, just as He loves you, and He wants to spend eternity with them. As a witness for Christ, you could be the one that plants the seed in their life which allows them to be saved… if you can show the same mercy Jesus did and forgive them.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Matthew 18:21-22
“Then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.’”

Forgiveness has no measurement. Just as Jesus forgave all the mistakes you have ever and will ever make, He calls us to forgive others the same way. When Peter asks Jesus if forgiving his brother seven times was enough, Jesus tells him that it’s not about numbers. You shouldn’t count the times someone has done wrong to you, and you shouldn’t keep carrying the grudges you hold. True forgiveness is an act of love that contradicts everything in our broken world, and by demonstrating it, the supernatural love of the Father shines bright.

Monday, May 9, 2022
Ephesians 4:32
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Forgiveness is at the heart of the Christian faith, and it’s one of the core concepts found in God’s Word. Since forgiveness is what has rescued us for eternity, we shouldn’t be surprised that we are also commanded to forgive during our time on earth. If Jesus could love and forgive the soldiers who nailed Him to a cross, we can also forgive those who have wronged us in our own lives. You who are born again have the Holy Spirit inside you, and with it comes the ability to love the unlovable and forgive the unforgiveable. And when forgiveness isn’t easy, remember the unknowable number of sins that were forgiven you, paid for by the blood of Christ.

Friday, May 6, 2022
Matthew 6:6
“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

Jesus scolded the Pharisees of His time for praying in public, not because it’s wrong to pray in front of others, but because they only prayed this way to impress people. Prayer isn’t about putting on a show for others, or garnering admiration. Prayer is about you and God, and His Word encourages you to remember this. Praying in secret means that you aren’t seeking attention or recognition for your acts; just having a personal talk with the Maker of heaven and earth.

Thursday, May 5, 2022
Colossians 2:6-7
“Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.”

Today is our National Day of Prayer, and the theme verse for this year is Colossians 2:6-7, which reminds us to walk with the Lord. On a day when we dedicate our time to prayer, it’s important to remember that we have received Christ, are firmly rooted in Him, and are still being built up by Him even now. You are a new creation, and the Word tells us that the prayers of God’s children go a long way. But as you pray for your neighbors, your country, and your world, remember to give thanks, too. There’s more than enough reason to be overflowing with gratitude when your debts have been paid for by the blood of Jesus

Wednesday, May 4, 2022
James 5:16
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

While prayer is between you and God, we shouldn’t be afraid to pray with and for each other. As a Christian, you are part of the Body of Christ, and together we are called to look out for one another. The scriptures encourage us to confess our troubles and mistakes to each other, so that through prayer we can strengthen ourselves and our walk with God. The Lord hears the prayers of everyone, and the prayers of a righteous person carry a special weight. Surround

yourself with others who are firmly rooted in the Lord, and don’t be afraid to ask for prayer, just as you would pray for them.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Matthew 6:7
“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.”

Those who are born again in Christ have a relationship with God. When you pray, He wants you to pray genuinely, and from your heart, not as a ritualistic plea. Praying longer or more often doesn’t always mean praying better. When you present your requests to God, be present, and above all, seek His will. God’s answers to your prayers may be better than you had hoped, or not at all what you had expected, but our Father loves a faithful heart that trusts in His plan.

Monday, May 2, 2022
Matthew 7:7
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

Your life is in the hands of a God who loves you like a child, infinitely more than you or I can possibly imagine. He invites us to come to Him with anything, and the Word promises that if we pray, God will hear us, and He will answer. His answer may not be what you expected, but that’s the best part. The Lord is writing a story with your life, and who do you think knows how to write the best story: the characters, or the Author? The scriptures urge you to pray faithfully, and ask for anything, because your Father will hear you. All that’s left is for you to trust His answers.