Monday – February 5, 2024

Exodus 16-18; Ephesians 4

”As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.“
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭1‬-‭3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

”…be patient, bearing with one another…”

Life, this world shapes us, changes us.  Makes us more vulnerable to situations.  We become emotionally injured by this world.  The teachings, however intentional or unintentional, of our world fix our emotions and ideas of how others should behave.

Every week in our small group, we ask a question.  This week I went out on a limb and decided to make up my own question instead of using the devo that I had been using.  So I asked, “Is it easier for us to give grace to strangers, than someone we have a relationship with?”  Familial, or friendship.  Then I began to go into how I would not react to something that a stranger said to me, the way I would react if my husband said the same thing.  I would walk away from the situation with the stranger, but lay into my husband for such a comment!  As one of my friends pointed out, “I guess we know your answer.”  As hard as it is to admit, she’s right.

Paul reminds us that we are to give the same grace that God gives us to others. BUT, he also reminds us that we are like babies. Influenced by our wants, and the things going on around us.  And that we won’t be fully grown until we are with Christ.

In the meantime, we must strive (practice) to be more like Jesus.  Understanding, but more importantly forgiving.

Today my prayer is that my mindset is forgiveness.  Understanding that there is greater sinner than me.  That it is only me who thinks others sins are worse than mine.

I am praying for all y’all!


  1. Jean says:

    Thanks. I needed that. I pray I am more like Jesus than I am right now.

  2. Lori Rowell says:

    Me, too!