Halfway there! I am a day late, my apologies! The summer is starting out to be quite hectic rather than restful as I might have hoped. But we press on!
I woke up on June 15 last year without a clue as to what my memory verse for that day was going to be. I was reading through the book of Proverbs in June, one chapter each day, so I opened up my Bible to Proverbs 15, and there it was:
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Boy do I need this right now. In the midst of a harried start to the summer my temper has been short, and my harsh words are stirring up anger in my children. Lord, I ask you to help me be gentle in my words and actions, and to spread love among my family, not anger. Because the truth is I reserve my harsh words for those closest to me. So glad for this reminder today!
This year we continue with the sermon on the mount, coming to the end of Matthew Chapter 5.
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Please click here for a more in-depth discussion of this passage, and even more importantly, please join me in truly trying to love everyone around us as Jesus did. It is not easy, but He himself has called us to it!
Thank you so much for coming and sharing your verses and comments here. The Lord bless and keep each and every one of you!