Friday, August 24
The Daily5 is a simple guide for daily time with God. Five activities for five minutes each. Start with the short devotional below, then pick four more activities from the listed options. It's ok if you can only do three or four activities! Commit each day to complete at least one of the five.
25 Therefore, putting away lying, speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, because we are members of one another. 26 Be angry and do not sin. Don’t let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and don’t give the devil an opportunity. 28 Let the thief no longer steal. Instead, he is to do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need. 29 No foul language should come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear. 30 And don’t grieve God’s Holy Spirit. You were sealed by him for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander be removed from you, along with all malice. 32 And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.
Paul addresses how believers relate to other believers. He encourages the church to stop speaking falsehood of other believers. He wants them to understand that they are the same people under Christ Jesus. One of the strangest sayings “be angry, yet do not sin” is found in his address. This same command is found in Psalm 4:4. Paul is basically telling believers: that which angers God should anger us. He addresses stealing and encourages people to work. This is telling believers to be generous and give, rather than take. He encourages people to remove the gossip and implant the gospel. Build people up. Do not tear them down. The way we treat others should mirror our relationship with God. They will know we are believers by our love for one another.
Lord, thank you for the love you show me. May that love be a perfect example for how I treat others. Forgive me for when I cut people down with words. Forgive me for my greed. May I love others the way you love me. Help me, Lord. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
God encourages slow anger over sinful anger. He encourages a heart that is generous over greed. He encourages a mouth that is gospel-filled over gossip-filled. How can you put these encouragements to practice today? How can you show generosity? How can you build someone up today? Take advantage of your opportunities.
Pick Four More Activities
- Listen and Worship.
- Pray a Psalm.
- Read a Book.
- Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
- Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
- Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
- Memorize a Verse.
- List Five Things You're Thankful For.
- Encourage Somebody.