September 1 – Love Offering Day 1
This month we are doing a 30-day “Love Offering” study by Rachael Adams. Each day will have a verse of Scripture with an application, to not merely listen to God’s Word but DO what it says (James 1:22). From Rachael: “Time spent with God and time spent serving those around us, changes the condition of our own hearts in the process. Our faith in action creates a chain reaction of full hearts and eternal impacts.” Click HERE to visit the “Love Offering” website for more resources and a daily calendar of applications. Please use the comment section of our website to share your stories on what God is doing through the daily applications.
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 are excited to be starting our 5th year of the Discover One Thing online study!
Scripture: Ephesians 4:29 (vs. 17-32 for context)
The New Life
17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Application: Give someone a compliment.
Good and Helpful Words | Marianne Toovey
Paul isn’t just explaining how Christians should live, but why they should live that way. People who don’t know Jesus place themselves on the throne of their hearts – chasing every whim they desire, but never finding satisfaction. Those of us who do know Jesus place Him on the throne of our hearts and aspire to be more like Him; slow to anger, kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving. He did it for us, we should be willing to do it for others.
Today’s act of love is a simple one: give someone a compliment. We all interact with another person at some point in the day, and if we pay attention, we can think of something nice to say to them. So why is something so simple so important? Verse 29 says if everything we say is good and helpful, our words will be an encouragement to all who hear them. A compliment is a great way to start! If we get in the habit of giving compliments – not just today, but all the time, think how encouraging it will be to all those around us. Please feel free to share in the comments how your act of love – giving someone a compliment – went today.
God, my word this year is Grace. I want everything I say to be good and helpful so that they give grace to those that hear. I know You literally wrote the book on how to do that! Please help me to be more encouraging and uplifting in my interactions with others. Thank You for showing me this wonderful opportunity to show love to others in new ways. I love You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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.