Lord, this is a sad day for me. My memory keeps bringing me back to happier days when the sun used to shine. Help me to remember those good times and not to be overwhelmed by the losses. Help me to look forward in hope and to quietly trust in you. I ask it in Christ’s name. AMEN
Lord, bless those who are in trouble today. Help them to see what part they have played in it, and to resolve to do things better. Help them to pray to you and to find resources in you that will enable them to begin to sort out the mess. I ask it in Jesus’ name. AMEN
Lord, bless today those who have been hurt by the thoughtlessness or unkindness of others. Help them to rise above their natural desire to retaliate. Help them to see it in the light of your cross and absorb the hurt as you did. Help them to heal and move on. In Christ’s name. AMEN
“The fruit of the Spirit is … goodness”
Galatians 5:22 NIV
The reason why we find it hard to live the goodness of Christ, and so manifest the presence and power of the Holy spirit is that we are engrossed in ourselves. Hearing on the news that the government is making this law or that rule, our first thought is, “How will that affect me?” We tell others of our achievements. We are bored by their tales of theirs. We are not only interested in ourselves, we are obsessed with ourselves. Everything in the whole universe revolves around ourselves.
When we are truly possessed by the Holy Spirit we start to think about and live for others. And the goodness of Christ that the Spirit works in us and through us begins to affect our personalities. “When Catherine Booth first heard of the deadly nature of the disease which was to kill her – and kill her slowly through two years of agonizing pain which she would not dull by any drug she knelt beside her husband, William, General of the Salvation Army, and said: ‘Do you know what was my first thought? That I should not be there to nurse you at your last hour’. Her first thought! When Fletcher of Madeley was dying, it was not of the raptures of heaven he was thinking, though they were real enough and soon to burst upon his view. ‘My poor’ he kept saying, ‘Oh, who will care for my poor?’” (W. E. Sangster, The Pure in Heart, p144).
Only Jesus Christ can really and effectively lift us out of this crippling self-obsession. Constant prayer and devotion to Jesus is the way to surrender to him. Then his goodness can shine – like stars in the night.
Lord, possess me totally and let your goodness take hold of me.
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