Daily Archives: March 14, 2019

March 14 – Lenten Study Day 9

Lent is the 40-day period before Easter, and it is “a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal when Christians are invited to prepare themselves for the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection.” This Lent, we are doing a 40-day study from the American Bible Society to focus our time in God’s Word and prayer on His renewing power (click HERE for the reading plan). Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Lord God, by your Word fill me with a spirit of repentance and forgiveness…

Ephesians 4:25-5:2

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

SOAP Note

Give This a Try | Marianne Toovey

Scripture

Ephesians 4:31-32

Observation

Instead of doing all the negative things I resort to so easily that make me feel bad about myself, I should do all these good things. I’m capable of doing this because Jesus showed me how. I’ve experienced it, so I can share it.

Application

I want to laugh. I’m such an emotional reactor – have been my whole life – that the idea of not automatically responding out of my emotions seems an impossible task. On my own, it probably is. But Jesus has already shown me how to be kind and has been kind to me. He has shown me how to be tender and has been tender with me. He has shown me how to forgive and has forgiven me. This is a recipe for success! I have my example. I’ve been equipped. Now it’s time to actually heed this advice.

Prayer

Lord God, by Your Word fill me with a spirit of repentance and forgiveness. I don’t want to be in control anymore. It just leads to hurt feelings and regret. Help me to make the choices You would make, rather than allowing my emotions to get the best of me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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