THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2016
Key Bible Verse: Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. (Ephesians 4:2)
Dig Deeper: Ephesians 4:1-16
As a general rule, we will not be able to have growing relationships in which we help other people unless we see the good in them, and they know we see good in them. Would you listen to someone who helps you merely out of duty rather than love? Would you listen to someone who doesn’t really like you?
The apostle Paul did this well: “I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus” (1 Cor. 1:4, ESV). That is how he begins his first letter to the Corinthians. It is the way he starts every letter. What makes this letter unique is that the recipients were bad. They boasted in their reputation and associations, ignored the poor among them, and were known for being divisive. Yet even in all their badness and their disrespect for Paul, he could see the Spirit working in them. He could see the good in them, and he enjoyed it.
The goal here is to keep our eyes open for good things in others. As you get to know people, you will encounter many hard things, some unattractive things, but if you also see good, you will see people more as God goes, and that is a blessing.
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