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Be kind and compassionate
To one another.
Ephesians 4:32
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Sometimes, anger is surprising.  I do not often become angry, but recently something happened that made me furious.  I have found it helpful to have a plan of what I will do when I experience the emotion of anger. 
 
This is my plan:
1. Be silent.
2. Walk away from the person or situation.
3. Go to a private location with my Bible and journal.
4. Read my Bible and write in my journal.
5. Pray (for myself, the other person and for God’s perspective).
6. When I am calm, discuss the situation.
 
I opened my Bible to read Ephesians 4, looking for the verse, “In your anger, do not sin.”  The verse I found was, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32).  What struck me about this verse is its close proximity to the verses about anger.  We are called to be kind and compassionate even when we are angry.  This is my goal, even though I am not always successful.  
 
The situation that caused me to be angry was resolved quickly because God helped me to be calm and the other person involved responded to me with kindness when I shared my feelings.
   
Make every effort to keep the unity of the  Spirit through the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit….  Ephesians 4:4 
 

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Do not forget to do good and to share with others,
For with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Hebrews 13:16
 
 
“Through Jesus, therefore, let us offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that confess His name.  And do not forget to do good and to share with others for with such sacrifices God is pleased”  (Hebrews 13:15-16).
 
The other day, my Dad and I were talking about what it means to please the Lord.  I enjoy hearing my Dad’s wisdom and want to share a little with you.
 
Hebrews 13:15 states that there are three sacrifices that please God.
 
1) The sacrifice of praise
2) The sacrifice of doing good to others
3) The sacrifice of sharing with others
 
“A sacrifice of praise puts the focus on God and not on yourself.  If you focus on God, you will be reminded of His love and faithfulness.  After you praise God, the next two challenges are, ‘How can I do good to others?’ and ‘How and what can I share with others?’  Be present and intentional with those around you.  Only by the power of the Spirit can you do this.”   Terry Sanford Smith
 

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I have not departed from the commands of His lips;
I have treasured the words of His mouth
More than my daily bread.
 
Job 23:12
 
 
~ God of Grace ~
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“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”  Please help me to not depart from Your commands.  Please help me to treasure the words of Your mouth more than anything else in my life.  In Jesus’ name, amen.
  
Prayer from Psalm 19:14 and based on Job 23:12
 
  
For Rebecca.  The verse you gave me (Psalm 19:14) sits in my kitchen window as a “guard over my mouth.”
 

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my lips

Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord.
Keep watch over the door of my lips.
 
Psalm 141:3
 
 
When I read this verse yesterday, the word that stood out to me was “door.”  I started thinking about the connection between doors and lips and wrote these thoughts in my journal.
 
Sometimes doors need to be opened and sometimes they need to be closed.  Doors can be welcoming to others or slammed in their faces.  I want the “door of my lips” to be gracious, welcoming to all.  I also want my door to be heavy, so it has to be opened with intention and thought.  What does the door of your lips look like?
  
So Jesus said again, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that I Myself am the Door for the sheep.  John 10:7 (Amplified Bible)
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All were amazed at the gracious words
That came from His lips. 
 
Luke 4:22

 

Question of the day:
Are the words that come from my lips gracious?
 
 
~ God of Grace ~
You are the gracious One.
Please help the words that I speak
and the tone of my voice to be kind.
Please help those who hear my
words know they are loved by You.
“In Jesus’ name, amen.”
 
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For my Dad, who shows me Jesus’ love with his words.
My Dad wrote a poem about the importance of our words.

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