Scripture Reading:2 Peter 1:6
Yesterday we reflected on your character matters; today pray that God would grow your character through the twelve traits that will be treated today and will be concluded tomorrow.
Kindness: “Thus has the Lord of hosts said, “Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother.” (Zechariah 7:9) “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Colossians 3:12) Lord, create in me a heart that practices compassion and kindness.
Humility: “You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5) Jesus, help me to be clothed with humility toward others for You are opposed to the proud.
Teachable: “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God; the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) God, give me a teachable heart as expressed in Your word about training up the next generation to follow You.
Forgiveness: “But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” (Matthew 6:15) “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32) Lord, help me to remember how You have forgiven me that I may have that attitude toward others who sin against me.
Obedience: Samuel said, “Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22) “And you shall again obey the Lord, and observe all His commandments which I command you today.” (Deuteronomy 30:8) Lord, may I be quick to listen and obey You.
Discernment: “Teach me good discernment and knowledge, for I believe in Your commandments.” (Psalms 119:66). “For if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding.” (Proverbs 2:3) God, I seek to have your discernment so I will make choices that honour you.
Hos 11:1-4.8c-9; Ps 80:2ac.3b.15-16(R.4b); Accl Mk 1:15; Gosp Mt 10:7-15 WEEKDAY
- Take meditatively the prayer to the Holy Spirit by St. Augustine (three times).
Exercise: Let your character always give out sweet-smelling perfume.