Thoughts of John

What is on my mind.

Twenty Days of Prayer: Day 6

Scripture

Ephesians 4:2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

The primary mark of a Spirit-filled believer is a kind, loving spirit. The primary mark of a carnal believer is a critical, angry attitude. A sure sign of carnality is a loud, pushy attitude which demands its own way.

Questions for Reflection

Do you have a kind, gentle spirit or are you argumentative and contentious? Are you often critical and harsh with people? Are you often insensitive to the feelings and needs of others? Do you tend to look for reasons to pick people apart? Are you quick to get angry and speak your mind? A gentle and quiet spirit is valued of great price to God (1 Peter 3.4). Do others characterize you as having a gentle and quiet spirit? Are you quick to point out the weaknesses of others? Do you make excuses by saying, “I can’t help it, that’s just my personality”? Be honest in your evaluation of your heart attitude. Ask for God’s forgiveness and cleansing. Be specific about ways to change your attitude.

Scripture

1 Corinthians 13.4, 7 Love is patient and kind;…Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Matthew 5.44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

A forgiving attitude is a primary mark of someone right with God. However, it is all too common for people to be highly religious, yet possess a judgmental, unloving spirit.

Questions for Reflection:

Do you respond with forgiveness and love when someone hurts you? Do you make a point of actively doing good to those who have done you evil? Are you carrying an internal catalogue of grievances against friends or family members? Do you brood on the ways a spouse or child has disappointed you? Do you withhold your kindness because they don’t deserve it? Do you give love ones the silent treatment? Have you determined to love family and friends with Christ’s unconditional love?

Advertisements

October 17, 2009 - Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Christian, Christianity, family, God, Jesus, New Testament, Prayer, relationship, Religon, Theology

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: