Evening Devotional

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:17-5:2

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.


[Ephesians 4:32]


I hope that this month’s consideration of “Loving One An­other” has been showing that being a follower of Christ Jesus makes a difference in the way we live!


In the verses we have read today, we find some contrasts between our old ways of living and the new way of living in Christ. Though we are “made new” and “created to be like God in true righteousness,” this is an ongoing process that is not completed in this life.


Today’s reading gives reasons for our being called to live as “members of one body.” We must live by the truth and avoid giving the devil any kind of foothold in our lives.


Because we can still be tempted to sin, we must pay attention to Paul’s strong warnings about anger, stealing, unwholesome talk, and grieving the Holy Spirit. We all can strive to be kinder and more compassionate, doing “what is helpful for building others up according to their needs.”


And who has not harbored bitterness in their heart? What about “rage and anger, brawling and slander”?


Instead we must be mindful of “forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave [us].” In the Holy Spirit’s power, we truly can “follow God’s example” and “walk in the way of love.”


Prayer:


Spirit of God, empower us to understand more clearly your call to acts of kindness and compassion. Guide us to be forgiving and loving, like Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.


~ George Vink ~

Live Loved

Be Joyful In Hope.

BE JOYFUL IN HOPE. SOMETIMES THE CIRCUMSTANCES of your life (and the condition of this world) make it difficult for you to be joyful. When you're searching for Joy, where do you turn? One of the best places to find true Joy is in hope. I want you to know the hope to which I have called you—the riches of My glorious inheritance. Since you are a co-heir with Me, this blessing is definitely for you. When present circumstances are weighing you down, grasp onto hope for dear life! It will help you not only to survive but to thrive—to live joyously.

In some ways, hope is like a hot-air balloon. It is very buoyant, so it can lift you up above your troubles. It enables you to soar in the heavens with Me—helping you see things from a heightened, big-picture perspective. To embark on this heavenly journey, you must climb into the basket beneath the balloon—by trusting fully that your hope in Me will not let you down. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

[Romans 12:12]

[May God] give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.

[Ephesians 1:17–18]

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

[Proverbs 23:18]

~ Max Lucado ~

🙏 Evening Prayer 🙏

KNOWN FOR HONESTY

[Leviticus 19:35-36; 2 Kings 12:15; Proverbs 16:13; 24:26]

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

I pray that you will be a person known for your honesty. May your speech and actions be without deceit. I pray that you will be trustworthy and your words will be truthful. Whether at home, with friends, or at the workplace, may your honest life be an example to others. I pray that you will always use accurate scales and weights when measuring values and quantities. May God bless you as you deal honestly without compromise.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.