Daily Devotional for Friday January 12, 2018

Scripture:

Ephesians 4:2 (NASB) with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,

Observation:

I wasn't exactly sure how the week would go. my wife and I were watching our daughter's 4-month-old puppy while she was away. the only problem was that we have an 11-year-old dog. I wasn't sure how they would be together for a whole week. You know how puppies can be... However, as the week progressed, I learned a few things from an old dog. Today's verse speaks of having all humility, gentleness, patience and showing tolerance for one another in love. It was like watching the verse come to life as our dog, Dee, put up with having a puppy around. Day after day, the pup would climb on her, nip at her feet, jump on her back, steal her toys, and generally be a pain, but each time Dee let her have her way. Sure, there were times when the pup needed to be disciplined, but Dee did in a gently yet firm way tolerating her at times when you could see she'd rather be left alone. I got to thinking that we all could learn a little from Dee in dealing with each other. There will be times of discipline, but doing it gently and times of showing tolerance for one another in love. Sure, an old dog can learn a new trick, but maybe we can learn from an old dog too. Let's be humble and gentle with patience as we tolerate each other in love.  

Application:

Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.

Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them.
 

TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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