He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less.
Good sense makes a man restrain his anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression or an offense’ (v.11, AMP).
Lord, forgive me when I am too easily offended. Thank you that, through the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, you overlook my offences. Help me through that same power to overlook the offences of others.
Love other people as well as you do yourself. You can’t go wrong when you love others.
Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose’ (v.21, MSG). You can do great good or great damage with what you say.
Lord, may the words I speak be a source of life to those around me.
As Joyce Meyer points out, ‘God always puts us around someone who is like sandpaper to smooth off our rough edges… a testing that takes place before we get promoted. If you want to lead you must first serve in circumstances that may not be ideal and learn to behave wisely. This prepares us to be greatly used by God.’
As St Catherine of Siena put it: ‘Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.’