That Was Me! - Spiritual Growth Encouragement Series

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Bible Verses: 2 Timothy 2:23-25

"Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth."

Reflect and Respond:

Expect to run into difficult people. After all, this is a difficult world. But their anger doesn't have to fuel your anger, because through Jesus, you have hope in ALL situations. Let your patience and love for others reflect that hope today. After all, you never know who is watching!

Prayer:

Lord, I ask for your wisdom today, to see others with Your eyes and to hear them with Your ears, Your perspective. Give me grace to be kind, even to those who aren't kind. Show me how to gently instruct those who oppose Your truth, trusting You to change their hearts in time. Amen.

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a year ago
Whether or not another human is watching, we must remember that Jesus is always watching! That should remind us that nothing we ever do is hidden, even if another human does not see it. I struggle with this all the time, but I struggle with it now in public more than ever because I find myself getting caught up in the intensity of something commonplace like shopping for groceries. Lord Jesus, remind me that You are always watching and help me to respond to every situation as if you were standing right next to me. Help me to remember that You are always right there next to me even if I forget to notice You in the faces of others around me.
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a year ago
Kindness and patience are two attributes which I need more of, Lord Jesus. Please grant me a generous supply of each so that I may become the person You intended. This I pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.
a year ago
What a great reminder! I have never seen so much anger as I am seeing today.
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a year ago
Me too. It's terribly disappointing.
Keep my focus on you, Lord Jesus!
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a year ago
Thank you for this reminde.r. I encountered one last Wednesday during outreach. I struggled and stayed calm and composed. Am learning all the time out there!
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a year ago
Thanks for the reminder of this Scripture.
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a year ago
I find it challenging to hold my tongue when difficult people relentlessly just "keep going at it". Most of the time I find a godly way to end the conversation. Bot for those other times that I didn't react as well as I should have, God is faithful both to forgive and teach! I appreciate the Scripture reminder.
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a year ago
Yes same with me, I go there a lot, “not being patient, that is”, I pray the Lord help me in this area, Amen!🙏🏻
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