Sunday, August 22, 2010
Have you noticed anything different since you prayed the Love Revolution Prayer? Sometimes when you pray about something things will seem easier. Other times, it just seems like you have more opportunity to be aware of your need for God's intervention! It's like praying for patience, sometimes you feel more patient, sometimes you become aware of just how impatient you normally are!
Let's pray now: Father, thank you for being here with each of us in this study. Thank you for hearing our prayers. Give us the will to act on the desires you are placing in our hearts to help others. Open our eyes to who around us needs help. In the name of Jesus, amen.
We have discovered over the past weeks that there are people in our homes that need our love and appreciation, and there are people overseas who desperately need our resources. Who else needs help? How about the people we work with, sit next to on the bus, chat with at church - the ones who answer the question, "How are you?" with "Fine."
Who do you know who has not experienced a loss of some kind? Who do you know who is not secretly hurting about some relationship or other? Who do you know who is not worried about their finances, or their children, or their future?
What are some practical ways you can live out the Love Revolution with these individuals?
Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 for some ideas.
How about giving someone the benefit of the doubt before biting off their heads over a mistake?
How about letting someone else have the last word, or the last one-up?
What if we sat down at lunch with someone outside of our circle of friends and asked them about their lives?
Can we excuse ourselves when others begin to gossip without condemning them, or simply smile and say, "I promised myself to not listen to, or say, one negative thing about anyone for one day so help me out and change the subject!" ?
Think of one person you can take an interest in today and write their name here:
Now think of one kindness you can do for them today:
Vow to focus on that person tomorrow, and any chance you get, do something kind for them. If they ask you why, say "Jesus told me you needed a friend today, so here I am."
Tell me how it goes in the comments - I can't wait to hear!!
Resources: The Love Revolution Devotional Workbook and Field Journal, by Joyce Meyer
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