May 2, 2013 by lellielieb
The reading today took me into I Samuel, Luke, and Colossians. I came away with some practical lessons for living.
1. Do not seek revenge. One night God sent a deep sleep upon the camp of Saul. David and his men were able to walk right in and stand over Saul as he slept. David could have easily speared Saul to death as he slept, but he did not. He did not think it right to lift up his hand against the Lord’s anointed. He recognized that Saul’s fate should rest in God’s hand. God has a reason for everything. He can use even the sin of other people in our lives if we let him. I must look to God for justice and not take it into my own hands.
2. Remember who you work for. In any job there are times when it would be easy to become angry and discouraged. Whether through a boss, a customer, or a co-worker, hurt is bound to come. Remembering that it is really Jesus for whom I work and live and breathe, will help me to avoid resentment and maintain the joy and enthusiasm He wants me to have in my work. “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23,24
3. Watch what you say. Sometimes in moments of frustration, it is easy to let our mouths run away with our hearts. Before we know it, things have been said that we regret. Sometimes we have hard things to say, but there is a way to say them: with grace! The more we submit to the Father and His grace, the more our words will flow from His heart. He will show us what to say! “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, “so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Col. 4:6
Lord, help me walk in your ways with grace today!