Adam’s Devotional – January 10-16, 2019

From Adam…

Do you ever talk to yourself negatively in a way that you would never talk to anyone else? If we speak with anger, judgment and resentment to others, we can do a whole lot of damage and even destroy entire relationships. Is it crazy to think that when we speak to ourselves with that same kind of resentment, we cause similar damage? The good news is that God never speaks to us that way. God never speaks to us from a place of resentment.  Think about it. When Christ was on the cross, being killed by the Romans at the request of his own tribe, do you remember what he prayed? “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Even in the moment when Jesus had the greatest cause for judgment, resentment, and disappointment, he chooses grace. That’s why grace is one of the main values of our youth ministry and core to the DNA of our faith. How do you think God feels when we speak to ourselves with ruthless resentment and harsh judgement? Have you ever realized the only other person who hears the way we speak to ourselves is God. What do you think God says in response to our internal verbal abuse? Perhaps if we slow down enough, we can hear God say, I forgive you, for you do not know what it is you are saying. Would the way you speak to yourself change if you remembered God was a part of the conversation?  Would the way you think about yourself change if your received God’s relentless grace? God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.  

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