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Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. – Proverbs 12:25 NIV
There have been times in my life when I have had a lot of anxiety. My anxiety didn’t mean that I didn’t have faith, but it distracted me from my faith.
The Lord asks us to cast our cares on Him for He cares for us. When we speak kind words to ourselves, we can have more compassion for others. When I find myself judging others, I ask myself “to focus on yourself. How would you feel if someone said the same thing about you?” I almost always back off from being angry after reflecting on my own standard of judgment.
When we feel exhausted, our physical state may cause us additional worry, but God is faithful, and He does not forget about us. Amen.
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8 NIV
I never understood grief until I lost my dad.
In a similar way, I understood love better after I married my husband.
Love acts like a filter on how we see the world.
God’s love softens our attitudes, and the more we become like Jesus the more compassionate we grow. Amen.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32 NIV
I was troubleshooting an issue on my website the other day with a tech support guy and even as tech savvy as I am, I was getting frustrated. I had to step away, take a deep breath, and eat something for breakfast so that I wouldn’t be irritated just because I was hungry.
The Lord wants us to be compassionate. I know what it feels like to be on the other side of the tech support conversation with a person who is impatient and irritated. I had to pause and send peace and ease to the tech support person I was angry with because I know what it is like to be in his shoes.
We have to forgive ourselves for not always being as compassionate as we could. There is always another day to try again. Amen.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. – Colossians 3:12-14 NIV
Everyone processes change in a different way. It takes a godly level of patience and compassion to deal with those who don’t treat us nicely. We can try not to take things personally and pray when we do.
Jesus asks us to forgive the way God forgave us. This can be incredibly challenging. Instead of rehashing what went wrong and retelling it, what Jesus calls us to do instead is to love other people. It is not easy, but love can overshadow any challenging situation.
We can be grateful for the abundant blessings that our Heavenly Father has provided us. He is a wonderful provider and gives us more than we ask or think!
We can not let one person spoil the blessings that God has given us. Instead of focusing on their attitude, we can turn our eyes upon Jesus and thank Him for His incredible gifts. He gives us a place to live, a beautiful family, and work with purpose.
The moment we find ourselves complaining, we can pray and ask God to redirect our thoughts for His purpose for us. He always responds. He is the best counselor we could have. Amen.
Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed His name, the Lord. And He passed in front of Moses proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin.” Exodus 34:5-6 NIV
How lucky Moses must have felt to be able to converse with the Lord.
The Lord revealed important traits of Himself: compassion, grace, love, faithfulness, forgiveness, and patience over anger.
If only we could be more like Jesus, what would our lives be like? We would rarely be angry. We would be more loving. We would care more and forgive more. We would find grace during difficult situations. We would have more faith in God’s promises. Amen.