Romans: Day 20

Grace Day

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Today's Text: Galatians 5:13

Take this day as an opportunity to catch up on your reading, pray, and rest in the presence of the Lord.

 For you were called to be free, brothers and sisters; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love.
—Galatians 5:13

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  • This is totally off topic but it seems like a good day to ask. As Christians we are to be honest and forth right w our words-let your ‘yes’ be your ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ your ‘no’ Matthew 5:37. In my pursuit of godliness, honesty, true and obedience how do I answer a question honestly if I know it will hurt the other persons feeling? I tell white lies: “No, those pants look nice on you” or “I like your haircut”. How do I cultivate honesty when I tell lies?

    • Sarah

      Michelle, I am known by my friends as someone who is honest, level-headed and trustworthy. I am proud of this description. I despise little white lies. I have learned that there are ways to be cordial. First, if you are not directly asked “Do you like…?” then you do not have to say. Most of the time just commenting that you notice the new pants or the new haircut is all that is desired. If you’re in a group setting when the question is posed others can respond directly with the yes or no, you can respond with something about it. “The pockets are interesting, where did you buy them?” or “What a change! Is it quicker to style?” Usually they are happy to keep talking and then the conversation can move on.
      When I was growing up and asked my mom if she liked whatever I had going on she always said what mattered was whether I liked it. I’ve used that line too. When asked I have said “Wow, do you like…?” Usually they are quick to keep talking.
      As I taught my daughters to be nicely truthful I have said that if they keep pushing directly then you are free to say no or “not really” with a gentle why. End it with a “but I’m glad you’re happy with it.”
      Try it next time. I think you’ll find it works. Most importantly I think you’ll find they really didn’t need a direct answer to the question. They just wanted a moment of being noticed.

  • I wasn’t going to add this comment, but I must say yesterday’s devotional that I read this morning because I was behind was perfect timing. My heart aches and times are hard but it gives me HOPE.

  • So grateful for Grace days as I was behind one day. God is so good as I read exactly what I needed this morning.

  • As a someone who loves words, I found it interesting that some translations say to serve one another “through” love and some say “in” love. As I was thinking about it, I think I need both of those descriptors. I think “through” love comes first, because without love it would be really difficult to let go of my selfishness and serve anyone in the first place. Then, I think “in” love comes, because now my actions are dictated by the love inside of me. I love reading different translations and discovering things like this. :)

  • churchmouse

    Yes. Freedom is an opportunity to love through serving. Grateful for the reminder and challenge this morning!

  • I began this week with so much groaning. On this hot summer Friday night, I have been gliding, swiveling and spinning in my chair, singing along with the worship and praise music, texting with some of my favorite people, praying and praising Jesus and inviting Him to hang out or pick us up, we ready ❤️

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