We Live to Manage Conflict Well: Day 3

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     Day 3: It’s All About the Kingdom

It’s difficult for us to think about what life would have been like for those living within the Roman Empire. At this point in history, God’s chosen people had been given the land of Israel, only to later be conquered by the Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian Empires. Now they’ve been absorbed into the Roman Empire, and God’s people believed that He would be providing them with a new Kingdom. They believed this new Kingdom would be one ruled by God, so they would no longer be subject to other nations. 

In his wisdom, Paul brings up the Kingdom of God. Earlier in the letter, he noted that, “the kingdom is not a matter of talk, but of power (4:20).” He wanted to remind the Corinthians that the kingdom of God wasn’t just something to think or talk about, but it was something real, and was very much something to be excited about. 

All in all, there’s a lot to think about in 1 Corinthians 6:1-11, but much of it comes down to (1) setting a good example, (2) keeping our eyes on the future kingdom, and finally (3) the importance of remembering who we are. As you read today, consider this: Do you take intentional opportunities to think about the kingdom of God? Why do you think that is?  

READING: 1 CORINTHIANS 6:1-11, 4:20

Do you take intentional opportunities to think about the Kingdom of God? Why do you think that is? 

In what ways could thinking more about God as your King help you to be a good example in your thoughts and actions?

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: Ezekiel 1:1-3, 36:16-38, & 37

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today?

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, I confess that I don’t regularly think about the Kingdom of God I will inherit in the future. I think about some of my past experiences, my day to day to do list, and dozens of other things throughout the day. But Your Kingdom isn’t something that regularly comes to mind. Today, may Your Kingdom be present on my mind. May I remember You as my King, as a warrior who fights for me, a judge who sees me innocently, and a friend who sees me lovingly and will never leave my side. May I remember these truths not only today, but every day. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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