Monday, April 02, 2007

1 Peter 3:7-8

7Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers. 8Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. 9Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

I am seeking God for additional breakthrough in the area of compassion, gentleness, tenderness, and mercy. During my study of his word on this subject I again read these passages in 1 Peter. It was striking to see that there are real spiritual results in relation to our compassion, respect, sympathy, and humility. For instance, It is so frightening to read that my prayers may be hindered when I am not considerate, loving, and respectful towards my wife. Additionally, it is sobering to understand that the way I act towards others matters tremendously. Not just to the people I am interacting with, but to God himself. Receiving his blessings is related to how I treat others. Here’s what I got out of these passages in 1 Peter. It matters how I treat others. It matter to God. He cares so much about others that when I mistreat them, I am mistreating God. This causes strain in my relationship with God and hinders my prayers and affects his desire and/or ability to pour his blessings out upon me. Here’s the deal, I am called to love God and others. When I show love, things are as they should be.

Lord, thank you for your word. Thank you for showing me how serious you are about compassion, love, respect, and humility. I understand that the way I treat others affects my relationship with you. You care about others. Lord, renew a right spirit within me. Fill me with compassion and love for others. Change my heart. I desire to love others as you love them.

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