Forgiving Day-by-Day

The Unseen Partner

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Scripture

Proverbs 19:17 (NIV)

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.

Consider

God takes our relationships with one another very personally. As our Creator, Sustainer, and Savior, God is constantly present with us and intimately concerned with every activity and relationship we have.

When we show kindness and compassion toward one another, Scripture says we are doing the very same toward God. In other words, to ease the suffering of a brother or sister is the same as caring for God.

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Meeting God

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Scripture

Psalm 84:1-2 (NLT)

How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of Heaven's Armies. I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the LORD. With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God.

Consider

This psalm was written centuries before Christ, when followers of God believed that God's Spirit dwelt in the Temple in Jerusalem. The psalmist writes about the joy and anticipation of the pilgrim who makes his way to the Temple. We realize, however, that he longs not for the Temple courts themselves but for the God who will meet him there.

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The Narrow Gate

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Scripture

Matthew 7:13-14 (NRSV)

"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it."

Consider

Discipleship is not an easy road. The Greek word for "disciple" in the New Testament means both a learner and an adherent, that is, one who studies with a teacher for instruction and also imitates the teacher as the ideal model. It is no coincidence that "disciple" and "discipline" come from the same Latin root.

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Those Who Hate

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Scripture

John 15:18-19 (NRSV)

"If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world—therefore the world hates you."

Consider

"Hate" is a strong word. As a child, I was taught that to hate someone meant wishing they were dead. Although somewhat dramatic and simplistic, this axiom holds a grain of truth.

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God-Centered Joy

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Scripture

John 15:9-12 (NIV)

"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you."

Consider

As Jesus prepares his disciples for the fast-approaching end of his earthly ministry, he stresses the importance of love, mentioning it seven times in these four short verses.

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Prayer Partner

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Scripture

Romans 8:26-27 (NLT)

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don't know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God's own will.

Consider

Have you ever prayed and prayed for an outcome until you began to wonder if God was even listening?

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Give What You Have Received

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Scripture

Acts 3:4-7 (NLT)

Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, "Look at us!" The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, "I don't have any silver or gold for you. But I'll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!"

Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man's feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened.

Consider

My Bible translation inserts a subtitle for this story: "Peter Heals a Crippled Beggar."

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Testing God

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Scripture

Judges 6:36-37 (NLT)

Then Gideon said to God, "If you are truly going to use me to rescue Israel as you promised, prove it to me in this way. I will put a wool fleece on the threshing floor tonight. If the fleece is wet with dew in the morning but the ground is dry, then I will know that you are going to help me rescue Israel as you promised."

Consider

Is it ever right to test God?

Gideon—the least important member of the least important clan in all of Israel—has been called by God to raise an army and defeat Israel's Midianite oppressors.

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Wise Conversation

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Scripture

Proverbs 18:2 (NLT)

Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.

Consider

Nobody likes to be called a fool. In the Bible, fools are contrasted with the wise, so that being called foolish implies more than personal insult. It is a spiritual indictment that you are on the wrong side of the eternal battle between good and evil, between God and Satan, between wise, godly ways and foolish, worldly ways.

Many proverbs and psalms divide people into opposing classes of the foolish and the wise.

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Five Elements of Discipleship

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Scripture

John 15:4 (NLT)

"Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me."

Consider

Are you a disciple of Christ? The word implies much more than belief in Christ, although that is a vital element. Discipleship means committing to a path that leads to one specific goal: to become like Christ. As disciples, we ask for the challenge and discomfort of having our parts rearranged, or even amputated, until our life and our character come to resemble the Christ we love.

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