Friendship

The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.
~ Proverbs 12:26 [NLT]

Have you ever shied away from giving advice to a friend for fear you will step on their toes?  When was the last time you earnestly sought counsel from a trusted friend and actually listened to their input?  Godly friendship requires us to be willing to give advice and kindly speak the truth into each other’s lives.  When we are living with humility we are able to learn and grow when others give us input.  When we are living with wisdom we seek out the advice of others. 

Evening Prayer

TRUSTED WITH MUCH 
Luke 16:10-11

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You

I pray that you will be a good steward of all that God entrusts to you. May you realize that whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much. Realize, also, that whoever is dishonest with very little is capable of being dishonest with much. May God deem you trustworthy of handling worldly wealth, so that He may entrust you with true riches. May you always be a trustworthy and faithful steward.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Your Will Be Done

May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
~ Matthew 6:10 [NLT]

How do you respond when someone you are encouraging doesn’t respond in the way you want them to? We often get our hopes and expectations up and are let down when they can’t meet them. It’s a worse feeling on the other side to be the person who fails to live up to your expectations. Release them of expectations and simply provide encouragement without the pressure to perform. Work on an attitude of planting seeds where some flourish and others may not at this time. Expect God to carry out His will, just focus on planting seeds.

Daily Comfort

“We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak–and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For even Christ did not please himself.”
~ Rom 15:1-3

There are some people who are anointed to be helpers of others–to build them up. Those who have questions or perplexities, those who are seeking light or guidance, turn to them instinctively, with confidence, sure of finding what they seek.

There is need for such helpers. There are questions which books or sermons do not answer; it is a friend that is needed, one who can understand and sympathize. No other ministry to which men are ordained in this world, is so sacred as this, which comes into lives in their deepest experiences, at times when, without wise help, they may be wrecked. There is not one of us who may not be such a helper.

Complete Honesty

Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
~ Psalm 32:2 [NLT]

How is it possible for God to clear us of guilt if we aren’t honest about our guiltiness? Many times we hide our sins from ourselves by failing to recognize them or we hide them from others when we aren’t transparent. This verse tells us we can find joy in our honesty and God will clear us of our brokenness. Please don’t use this to condemn yourself of guilt. Instead, use it to positively embrace transparency in your life. Work towards transparency by sharing your struggles with others. They in turn will see Jesus is your strength. 

Evening Prayer

SPIRIT OF UNITY 
Psalm 133:1; Romans 15:5-7; Ephesians 4:3

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You

I pray that you will make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Remember how good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity. May God grant you and those around you a spirit of unity as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify God our Father. May you learn to accept one another just as Christ accepted you. May your unity and acceptance bring praise to God.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.