Devotions for July 22, 2016

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Romans 12:14-21 (MSG)

Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.

17-19 Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”

20-21 Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: Reread this scripture with the events of the last week in mind. How does this scripture speak to your spirit in these days?

Q: In what ways do you see division in your life? Does division create an us vs. them mentality?

Q: What role does empathy play in your life? Do you look at moments of frustration with others and take a moment to empathize?

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