Keep-It-Simple Devo (Wk6/Day2)

EXPERIENCE GOD IN SCRIPTURE

John 21:17-18, 19—A third time [ Jesus ] asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, You know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed My sheep . . . follow Me.” (NLT)

CONSIDER

Loving God, Jesus teaches Peter is can never be dis-equated with loving and serving people (God’s “sheep”). While we don’t have to create the food, we do have a part to play in leading others to those pastures where God’s sustenance is. Before we can lead others there, though, we must be healthy and finding spiritual nutrition from God ourselves. What feeds YOUR soul?

Who is the Holy Spirit revealing you might need to be sensitive to their spiritual well-being around you?

PRAY

Loving You, Lord—I am discovering—requires a lot more than having an emotion towards You. The fact is, first, I don’t always feel emotional in Your direction and, second, You apparently want me to show my love for You by loving others who need caring for. I do pray You build that emotional connection with me, but I also ask for Your compassion for everyone around me, Jesus. In Your name I ask it, Amen.

Keep-It-Simple Devo (Wk6/Day1)

EXPERIENCE GOD IN SCRIPTURE

Matthew 5:5—The gentle are blessed, for they will inherit the earth. (HCSB)

Matthew 11:29—Jesus: “Take My yoke upon you. Let Me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (NLT)

CONSIDER

Since God Himself is gentle with us, He directs us to be gentle with others. Who is someone who could benefit from your being gentle with them?

Thinking even one step deeper, how could you be gentle in a perfect way with their needs?

Frances de Sales: “Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.”

PRAY

Lord, Your Scriptures tell me that it’s Your kindness that leads me to repent of my sins . . . not fear of Your judgment! This is so encouraging! Of course, while I do fear what You could do to me in punishment, I know that I’m compelled to come closer to You because of Your gentle way with my imperfection. Give me Your heart so I will mirror that gentleness with others today. When I am like You, it can be so, Amen.