Unity, Humility, and …

Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
~ Romans 12:15-18 [NLT]

Having one mind with one another means that we come alongside those we know and help carry their burdens as well as share with them when they find joy. When we see others cry out because they are in pain, oppressed, or hurting we are to be those who weep with them. We live with humility, not relying on our own ability to reason but constantly going back to the Bible to find Wisdom. We do not respond in kind when we have been harmed. We respond with God’s grace and wisdom. We respect others and do what we can to live with peace. God wants justice in our communities so we can live in peace. He does not desire for us to live in conflict or turmoil. 

Evening Prayer

RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS 
1 Timothy 5:1-3

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

I pray that you will be thankful to the Lord for your spiritual family, where you can learn how to love and respect others the way He wants you to. I pray that you will respect older men as if they were your own father, and treat younger men like brothers. I pray that you will treat older women as you would treat mothers and younger women like sisters – with absolute purity. May you appreciate and value your spiritual family, knowing that it is God who placed you there.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Sons and Daughters

See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.
~ 1 John 3:1 [NLT]

Did you know that when you accept Jesus into your life you are adopted into the best family? You are given a loving heavenly father that promises to protect and guide you.  Don’t forget when life gets hard to lean on your amazing Father God.  He loves you and will take care of you.

Bible Verse

GOD’S SPIRIT REVEALS 
Luke 24:45; 1 Corinthians 2:8-11, 14

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

May the Holy Spirit, who searches the deep things of God, open your mind and fill you with wisdom and understanding. I pray that you will be filled with the Spirit of God, so that you may understand His Word. May the Holy Spirit reveal the deep things of God to you. I pray that you will be sensitive to His voice so that you can know all that God has for you. May God reveal Himself to you through His Spirit.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Prayer

FIXING YOUR EYES ON CHRIST 
Philippians 3:13-14; James 4:6

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

I pray that you will completely surrender your life to Jesus, knowing that He has forgiven you and has completely erased your past. I pray that you will listen to the Spirit as He encourages you to strain toward what is ahead. May you persevere in your walk with the Lord. Just like in a race, I pray that you will press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called you. In so doing, may you grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ!

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.
~ Ps 103:2

Wiser it were to welcome and make ours  
Whate’er of good, though small, the Present brings,  
Kind greetings, sunshine, song of birds, and flowers,  
With a child’s pure delight in little things.  
~ R. C. TRENCH

Into all our lives, in many simple, familiar, homely ways, God infuses this element of joy from the surprises of life, which unexpectedly brighten our days, and fill our eyes with light. He drops this added sweetness into His children’s cup, and makes it to run over. The success we were not counting on, the blessing we were not trying after, the strain of music, in the midst of drudgery, the beautiful morning picture or sunset glory thrown in as we pass to or from our daily business, the unsought word of encouragement or expression of sympathy, the sentence that meant for us more than the writer or speaker thought, these and a hundred others that every one’s experience can supply are instances of what I mean. You may call it accident or chance it often is; you may call it human goodness it often is; but always, always call it God’s love, for that is always in it. These are the overflowing riches of His grace, these are His free gifts. 

~ S. LONGFELLOW

Flee, Dear Friends

So, my dear friends, flee from the worship of idols.
~ 1 Corinthians 10:14 [NLT]

It’s easy to think that this verse doesn’t apply to us anymore, since we don’t pray to false gods and we can forecast the rain. But getting to the heart of the matter, an idol is anything we put our trust in. Isn’t it true that we rely less upon God when we have money in our pocket and food in our pantry? What are some ways you can alter your thinking to trust God for your needs? 

Truth for Today

ENTERING THE GATE 

 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us. 
~ TITUS 3:5

When you enter the narrow gate of salvation, you must do so alone. A turnstile perhaps best represents the concept of the narrow gate. Just one person at a time, with no baggage can pass through a turnstile. God has ordained that people enter His kingdom singly, not in groups. You can’t ride in on the coattails of your church, your family, or your friends, no matter how godly those people are.

God’s gate is so narrow that you must go through it not only alone but naked. You can’t go through the gate clothed in sin and self-will. As the hymn writer said, “Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to Thy cross I cling.” That’s the way of the cross, which is the gospel. And the gospel is the narrow gate, which involves self-denial. Jesus said, “‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it’” (Matt. 16:24–25).