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The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘…If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.’ Matthew 5:39 NLT
Do you feel taken for granted? You thought they cared about you, but they were just ‘using’ you. That’s what happens when we put our lives into the hands of people. Men and women are not creators; they can’t make anything out of us, they can only use us. You snapped at your kids. You yelled at a co-worker. You screamed at the driver who cut you off. You fought with your mate again, now you’re pouring out your frustrations to anybody who’ll listen. Ever think that perhaps your anger is just a by-product of the resentment you’ve allowed to invade your soul? That’s hard to acknowledge, but you won’t get on top of the situation till you do. The answer’s not to take it out on those around you, it’s to take it to the Lord in prayer and let Him help you. It’s got to start on the inside before it shows outside. That means spending time with God, allowing Him to forgive your resentments, remove your pain, heal your memories and enable you to love; as He loves. And that’s a job for God. Don’t try it without Him! Why don’t you pray this prayer: ‘Father, I want to act in love, not react in anger. Instead of being short-tempered and striking back, help me to be patient and turn the other cheek. Today let Your love rule my life, for Christ’s sake. Amen.’ That’s a prayer God will answer, for His Word says, ‘…Above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins".’ (1 Peter 4:8 NKJV)

SoulFood: 1 Sam 21:1-6, Hosea 6:4-6, Matt 12:1-14

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