God thank You for this day. Thank You for always being there for us and allowing us to wake up this morning. I thank You for protection on our way to school and work on this day. I thank You for keeping us focused and that we will have good mindsets and makes someone's day. I ask that You cover us as we go through this week and get ready for the all the wonderful things that are coming up. Continue to keep our minds stayed on You. As we go through this day, I ask that You will give us a great attitude and help us get through the day. I ask that we will get closer to You as youth and that we will see You through our eyes. We thank You for your love and faithfulness. We thank You for your protection and care over our families. Thank You that You give us the power to love, to lead, and teach our friends. We know You’re with us and that You fight for our families today. I ask that we will be watchful of where we are and who we are with as we enjoy the end of the summer. I ask that we will have a great school year. I ask that the next school year will be better then the last. I ask that we will have scholarships and good grades and that we will pass all tests with flying colors and be able to continue to do anything we desire. In Jesus Name,
Today, I will love despite how I feel
Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God has forgiven you because you belong to Christ.
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Facts and Feeling
Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:4-13
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 1 Corinthians 13:6, NIV
IMAGINE A SWEDISH boy going to his mother. “Mama,” he says, “I don’t vant to be Svedish anymore.”
Or imagine a grandfather saying to his granddaughter, “I don’t feel like being your grandfather today.”
Or imagine a poor person saying, “I don’t feel like being poor this year!”
Imagine a fourth grader saying, “I feel like being in high school!”
Or a skydiver saying, “I don’t need to wear a parachute because I feel like falling up today!”
How would you answer those people?
You’d probably say something like, “It doesn’t matter if you don’t feel like being Swedish; you are Swedish!” or “You can feel like being in high school all you want, but you’re still gonna be a fourth grader!” In other words, a person’s feelings have nothing to do with the facts. Feelings don’t change the facts, right?
Well, the same sort of thing goes on when people try to make right choices. In fact, maybe you even do it. You know that God says, “Love each other” (1 John 4:11), “Love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18), and even “Love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44). You know he says love is right and hate (or indifference) is wrong.
“But I can’t stand that guy,” you say.
“But you don’t understand how rude and nasty she is,” you say.
“But nobody likes him,” you say.
“But I’m still mad at her,” you say.
But a person’s feelings have nothing to do with the facts. And you can’t change the facts just because of how you feel, right?
Your feelings may be understandable. They may be perfectly normal. They may even be justified. But your feelings don’t change what’s right and what’s wrong. And God has said, “Love each other” (Hebrews 13:1) That’s what’s right—no matter how you feel, no matter how I feel, and no matter how anybody feels. Because our feelings don’t change the facts.
REFLECT: Do you sometimes act as though your feelings determine what’s right and what’s wrong? If so, how? What (or who) does determine what’s right or wrong?
ACT: You might want to create a motto for yourself based on the following verse: “Lord, let your constant love surround us, for our hopes are in you alone” (Psalm 33:22, TLB).
PRAY: “God, I admit that I don’t always feel like loving other people, so remind me that right and wrong aren’t determined by my feelings. Help me to obey you even when I don’t feel loving. Help me to even love people who are hard to love.”
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