May you have the faith and trust of David, who turned to God for strength, protection and help. David faced many dangerous situations, first from Saul, who wanted to kill him so God’s plan for a new king for Israel would be thwarted, and then from jealous, opposing forces who had been trusted friends and family. David relied on God to get him through these terrible times, and you can rely on God to get you through your hard times, too. No matter what people say or do, God is always there to comfort and encourage you. He won’t let you down, and He promises never to leave or forsake you.
Do you know what God wants from you? He wants you to know that He loves you, and He wants you to learn to love Him and those He calls your neighbors. He wants you to be kind to yourself and others so you can be there for each other. Micah 6:8 shows you how God wants you to live every day of your life from now on. May you find His strength in your weakness, and may you give and be His love in all that you are and do. May you seek His help daily to replace your ways with His.
Encouraging Scripture: 2 Samuel 22:2-3a
And he said, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; The God of my strength, in Him I will trust.
Father God, thanks to You, Jesus and the Holy Spirit for loving me so much that You are always there for me. Help me to recover emotionally and spiritually from the effects of being in prison. Help me to live Your spiritual law of love towards You, others and self, and teach me to be more like You. May I ever be Your instrument according to Your plan and purpose for my life now and always. Help me to embrace John’s teaching in John 13:35 that people can tell who are Yours by the love they have for each other. That’s the true mark of a Christian, and I am so glad to understand that love is not only who You are but what You do, and You want me to be love and do love just like You are and do. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Things to Think, Pray and Journal About
1. How much do you desire to be like God and model His love?
2. Did you know anger and other like emotions are harmful to you and others? Are you ready to ask God to change you so you can be free to be and do what He has for you to be and do?
3. Before God called you, did you know love? Was it different from God’s love? How?
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