Zephaniah 1-3, Romans 14
Romans 14:13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.
Let’s focus on loving on and learning from one another rather than questions or judging one another! What a great reminder in my reading this morning I had to share.
Zephaniah 3:17 is probably my favorite verse for this season of my life. Isn’t it crazy that our God loves his sinful, wrathful, spiteful children SO MUCH that He delights over them in song? Ladies, we are loved so incredibly deeply. I stand amazed in His grace and mercy!
ah! I love it too! I love singing to my baby son and I can’t imagine how much more the Lord loves singing over us!
Praying for you Melissa! I relate to a similar circumstance like that a lot. Praying God gives you the words and the strength you need.
Good morning ladies
I have been partaking in this reading plan since the beginning of the year, and reading your comments daily have encouraged me in the Lord so immensely! I’ve never commented before but I have such a heavy burden on my heart that I come before y’all today asking for prayer. Within the next few days I will be meeting with a man who hurt me so badly a year ago. For a year I let the fear of him and the anger I felt towards him just cripple me. I will be meeting with him to tell him I forgive him for the pain and humiliation he caused me. It’s not easy. I am terrified of what seeing him face to face will do to me and I know I can only do it with the strength of our good God. Thank you sweet sisters!
Prayers Melissa…that’s really hard to do/face. I pray God gives you peace and calm in your heart.
Praying that His peace will rule your heart and mind, Melissa.
oh Melissa, you are prayed for, loved on, and I pray that the Lord washes a peace over you in anticipation of this meeting.
Praying Melissa. Praying that you feel the Lord’s protection surrounding you completely and you will feel so confident and calm.
I am praying for you Melissagrace, what a beautiful embodiment of our Lord Jesus to forgive when it’s not “deserved,” because if He did that, we’d all be hopeless. I will pray that God engulfs you with peace/comfort in knowing your identity, worth, value is firmly founded in Jesus and therefore this man has no power over you. I will also be praying that He helps you see this man as He does so you are able to empathize and pray for him, which may seem impossible now. Thank you for sharing – our God is so good :)
May God go before you, Melissagrace. However it turns out, know that you will be free because of your willingness to release the anger. Blessings to you!
Dear Melissagrace, my prayers are with you. I hope you have someone with you or close by to help you if need be. Our Lord will be with you to provide calm and strength.
May God be with you and calm your heart. I hope you will walk away with a huge burden relieved!
Praying today for you Melissagrace. Knowing “things” just don’t go away after we face them… Praying for continued peace in your heart and continued forgiveness to flood your mind.
I know you posted this 2 years ago but I just wanted to tell you that the Lord used your situation to strengthens me as I go through the very same thing at this very moment two years later. If anyone sees this, please pray for me, just a simple prayer so that peace that passes beyond all understanding fills us all. Thank you sisters :)
Reading this now. Praying for you Melinda.
4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
7 Be silent before the Lord God!
For the day of the Lord is near;
the Lord has prepared a sacrifice
and consecrated his guests.
8 And on the day of the Lord’s sacrifice—
“I will punish the officials and the king’s sons
and all who array themselves in foreign attire.
9 On that day I will punish
everyone who leaps over the threshold,
and those who fill their master’s house
with violence and fraud.
14 The great day of the Lord is near,
near and hastening fast;
the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter;
the mighty man cries aloud there.
15 A day of wrath is that day,
a day of distress and anguish,
a day of ruin and devastation,
a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and thick darkness,
16 a day of trumpet blast and battle cry
against the fortified cities
and against the lofty battlements.
I had a dream a year ago with this exact description. I believe it to be a dream or vision from God because I had not read this verse before and did not know about what is to come. I fear the Lord yet I do not fully trust in Him. I need help and guidance to aid my trust in our Father.
Praying the Lord will enable your trust in Him to grow!
Prayers for your trust.
Reading theses verses, I had this image of God’s wrath as a purifying fire and rushing stream, and it the middle is Christ as a large rock dividing the stream in two and taking the wrath so that we who stand under him in the safe space aren’t swept away. So thankful for Christ and his salvation!
What a beautiful image Jessica! Thank you Jesus for being mighty to save!
what a beautiful vision Jessica! thank you for sharing!
I am overwhelmed by what is waiting for those who trust in the Lord and are humble. God says that he will quiet them with his love and rejoice over them with singing. Though he’s speaking specifically to Israel, I feel that we can apply to ourselves today these truths about God’s wrath and jealousy for his name and our judgment or reward based on our attitude toward Him. Am I willing to receive correction? Am I humble in spirit with ears open to His voice and leading? Or do I forge ahead with my own way in my own strength? Even if I’m doing something “good”, if it is without considering God’s will and without prayer and searching for His heart, it can become displeasing to him, like a sacrifice offered in pride and self-gratification.
Great reflection Becky! I pulled out a few of the same verses because I believe that God continues to sing over us but we have to be open to hearing Him.
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