"Take Time To Be Holy!"
Words of Encouragement: Pastor Patrick Neil Addison, Sr.
Beloved of the Father, no believer should carry malice in his heart, rather all believers should be charitable and of forgiving dispositions. If we know and believe the Word of God, we understand this to be true. We cannot rationally and honestly proclaim our obedience and purity in Christ being of a nasty, mean and unforgiving spirit. Let us agree that sin has no place in the life of a believer. Yes, there are situations in life that provoke the flesh to bitterness and there are circumstances in life that the flesh wants to hold a grudge for; but God is clear in His Word that believers are to put away bitterness, malice and grudges. It does not matter what your brother or sister in Christ has done to you or what you think they have done to you. What matters is what God wants of His children. So, do you have an issue with a brother or sister in Christ? Is your grudge/complaint so significant that it takes precedence over the Word and Will of God? Never let it be so within your heart! Rather let your heart be forgiving and sensitive to the needs of your fellow believers in Christ. Indeed, let us forgive one another even as the Father forgave us in Christ. Again, it is not for believers to be petty and churlish. Now, if we appreciate grace and how God has nurtured us in the faith, ought we not to afford others grace and do what we can to promote our fellow believer’s growth in Christ?
Devotional reading for this week: Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (KJV)
Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. (KJV)
Colossians 3:12-14 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. (KJV)
James 5:9 Do not grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be judged. See, the judge stands before the gates! (NET)
Devotional reflection for this week: What are some things that can engender a grudge? Why should believers forgo ill-will, slanderous talk, grudges, etc.… How has the flesh tried to separate me from my brothers and sisters in Christ? How can reading and applying the scripture help me to have good relationships with my fellow believers?
Devotional prayer: Gracious Heavenly Father, please bless me to love like you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
May Jesus bless you as you honestly think through the questions raised in the devotional reflection for this week.
Pastor Patrick Neil Addison, Sr.