May 27 – Embracing Grace

This month we are seeking a deeper understanding of grace — the undeserved favor given to us by God. We are following a study by Kristy at the Organic Christian Living blog. Click HERE to go to her website for this study and dig a little deeper, with a playlist and devotions for each week of the study. You can 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!

Embracing Grace in Your Prayer Life —

Matthew 5:43-48

Love for Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

SOAP Note

Pray Blessings | Becky Newman

Scripture

Matthew 5:44-45

Observation

These verses are a flashback to 1 Peter 3:9 in our reading two weeks ago – “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing.” We are to pray blessings on our enemies.

Application

Making it a habit to pray blessings on those who have wronged me will help my perspective to see that person as a human loved by You who is struggling with sin just like me rather than to dwell on the hurt and wrong and let bitterness take root.

Prayer

Lord my God, You are my patient Teacher and Guide, and You are leading my stubborn heart through some painful growth. Thank You for Your gentleness through it. Help me make it a habit to pray blessings on those who wrong me.

The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.

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  1. God, there are men and women out there who hate me for my belief, gender, political views, and/or parenting. But You are a loving God who not only loves and protects me, but them as well. They are just as much Your creation as I am. I know that as a loving Father You are here with me to protect and comfort, and You’re there for them as well. Thank You for not showing favoritism because I’m no more worthy of being a favorite than they are. Thank You for loving us all as though we are anyway! I love You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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