Conflict Happens

“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” Colossians 3:13 (NLT) Every one of us makes mistakes. Sometimes we hurt others unintentionally. At times we are hurt by others. Things will happen that cause conflict between us. We can choose to…

Interests

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” Philippians 2:3-5 (NLT) It is easy to focus on ourselves or try to…

Thoughts

“Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” Romans 8:5-6 (NLT) Many…

Log

“First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.” Matthew 7:5 (NLT) When there are issues in a relationship, it’s usually easy for us to identify what the other person should have done differently. If only they spent more…

Reverence

“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesian 5:21 (NIV) The word submit or submission means to submit under the authority or power of someone else. We submit to the authorities every time we obey the speed limit. We submit to the laws of the U.S. every time we file our taxes (at…

Commandment

“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.” John 15:12 (NLT) The Bible tells us to love others the way Jesus loved us. This is a passage we can easily read but not always as easy to live. Jesus loved us based on the overflow of the love…

Focused

“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:13-14 (NIV) The Bible promises that whatever we ask in Jesus name, God will do it. But this is not…

Partnership

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:19 (NIV) An ox can pull seven times its own weight. But two oxen pulling yoked together and in sync can pull seventeen times their…

Persistence

“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. You fathers—if…

Passion

“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the…

When to Pray

“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NLT) Each of us go through seasons of pressure and pain. We could have a pressing deadline at…

Help Me

“And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:13 (NLT) Temptation can come in many forms. For some, it comes in the form of overeating; others can be tempted by physical pleasures. Others can be tempted by laziness or too much time spent on social media. Each person…

Forgive

“…and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.” Matthew 6:12 (NLT) Each of us has felt wronged by another person. It may be something they did intentionally, or it may be our perception of the situation. God reminds us to forgive others. Forgiveness is so important to God that…

Pray For Your Needs

“Give us today the food we need.” Matthew 6:11 (NLT) Each of us has different needs. While we all have some needs in common, food, housing and love, we also have some needs that are unique to our life situations. The Bible reminds us that God knows what we need before we ask (Matthew 6:8).…

Pray for Others

“May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10 (NLT) Jesus gives us a template of how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13. Next we are told to pray for others. God has provided various verses about who we should be praying for. Here are a…

Praise First

“Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.” Matthew 6:9 (NLT) Jesus gives us a template of how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13. The first line reminds us that God is our Father which means we have a personal relationship with him. He is not off in the distance expecting us to be…