Jesus, be the Lord over ALL my life.
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Hello, Father! Thanks for another day to spend with You.
This passage looks like a handbook of housecleaning tips–only, in Your case, the messages are more than simply tips, but rather commands or things You expect Your children to do. It could kind of look like one of those “house rules” posters:
**NO MORE LIES; NO MORE PRETENSE–tell others the truth. (v 25)
**BE ANGRY, BUT DON’T USE ANGER AS FUEL FOR REVENGE and don’t stay angry, giving the devil that kind of foothold. (v 26-27)
**NO MORE STEALING —“get an honest job so you can help others who can’t work” (v 28)
**”WATCH THE WAY YOU TALK; SAY ONLY WHAT HELPS OTHERS” (v 29)
**NO GRIEVING GOD; DON’T BREAK HIS HEART. “His Holy Spirit moving and breathing in you, it the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for Himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted.” (v 30 MSG)
**BE GENTLE WITH ONE ANOTHER, SENSITIVE –Throw out the garbage of all cutting, backbiting and profane talk. (v 31-32)
**FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER as quickly and THOROUGHLY as God in Christ forgave you. (v 32)
These things are the little details that form the big picture You have for my life: to be an imitator of You; to live a life of love. Thank You for the example of Jesus, whose “love was not cautious but extravagant. You didn’t love me in order to get something from me but to give everything of Yourself to me” (5:1-2 MSG). Help me love like that, Daddy. I want to keep company with You, so that I can learn to love like You do … so that You’re character will rub off on me, as You keep making me just like Jesus. Amen.