We Live to Manage Conflict Well: Day 4

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     Day 4: It’s All About the Kingdom

While it may be difficult for us to think about what it would be like to live in the Roman Empire, it’s easy for us to forget (or at least to not regularly think about) just how much we’re loved by God. 

Recently, I (Pastor Justin) read through a series of books in which the three main characters, all siblings, were attending school in a country that was not their own. As such, they had a really hard time making friends and fitting in. But every day when their mother dropped them off, her final words to them were, “Remember who you are.”

The author is a Christian musician and writer, and these words are an excellent reflection of what Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 6:11. Having noted who will not inherit the Kingdom of God, Paul writes, “And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” It’s another of way of saying, “Remember who you are. In the eyes of God, you are clean. You are holy. You are innocent. Don’t ever forget who you are.” 

As you read today, consider this: Do you struggle to remember who you are in the eyes of God? If so, what steps can you take to regularly remind yourself who you are? 

READING: 1 CORINTHIANS 6:1-11, 1 John 3:1-2

Do you struggle to remember who you are in the eyes of God? If so, what steps can you take to regularly remind yourself who you are?

Is there somebody else you struggle to see through the eyes of God? Take the opportunity today to thank God for them. 

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

Read: Daniel 1 & 2

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

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, there are times when I wake up and look in the mirror and completely forget who You say I am. For reasons I may not always understand, I remember who others say I am, often in the most negative ways possible. But today I am reminded that I am not who others say or think that I am. Instead, I am who You say I am. I am clean. I am holy. I am innocent. May these truths continue to be with me in all of my thoughts and actions today. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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