Dear Friend

“And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them” Luke 6:31, ESV.

Today, I challenge you to give people the benefit of the doubt. As much as you may want to get on every small thing that someone does to you, I challenge you to be patient and give people room to make mistakes. Before you rush to conclude someone doesn’t care for you, think of all that they have going on in their lives and all you’ve been through with them. Before you rush to conclude, God is not on your side, think about all Jesus went through to show you He cares a great deal. Look at your hands. Look at your feet. You’re alive.

It’s time to get a grip on reality and see situations for what they really are, not just how you want them to be. In a perfect world, people act how they’re supposed to act, but that’s not reality. We live in a fallen world, and without Jesus, we are only out to protect and preserve self. We all need Jesus to teach us how to love, how to live, and how to respond like Him. It’s going to be alright. Keep your bearings about you. Keep your head. Keep your eyes focused on Jesus, and you will stay in peace. Let Him help you believe the best of people and see their heart.

Prayer: Father God, thank you for comforting and encouraging me. Help me see people’s heart, not just their actions. Help me not to be so critical and judgmental. Help me to process situations right. Help me, Lord, to treat others the way I want to be treated. Help me to give people the benefit of the doubt. I want you to be glorified in my life, but I know I have to humble myself and yield to you. So I do that now. Help me, Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.

A Message from God’s Heart for You

“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. But if I am a father, where is My honor?…” Malachi 1:6

“If I am your Father, where is My honor? From the moment I saw you in trouble and distress, I quickly came to your rescue, and at the sound of your cry, I delivered you from the hand of your enemies. When you had nothing, I provided for you and caused you to be made full. When others left you, I stood by your side and watched over you as you slept, comforted you as you wept, and kept you when you didn’t want to be kept, and now, I ask you, My daughter, where is My honor? Didn’t I keep My promise to you? Didn’t I turn it all around? Didn’t I keep My word and set you free from bondage, and guilt and shame? So where is My honor? I want you to honor Me with your life. Honor me with your tithe and the first fruit of your increase. Honor Me with the giving of your time and greater attention to My Word. Honor Me by honoring those who serve Me. Honor Me by waiting patiently for Me to do what only I can do. Honor Me by forgiving those who have hurt you. Honor Me by letting go of the past and moving forward. Honor Me by letting Me use you to the fullest extent, and following Me wherever I lead you. Honor Me by obeying My still small voice that speaks to you. This is how you honor Me, and when you honor Me, I will surely honor you. Says the Lord.”

(Scripture references: Proverbs 3:9; Psalms 91:14-16; 1 John 4:20-21; Malachi 3:10; 1 Kings 19:12; 2 Timothy 1:9; 1 Peter 2:17)