Daily Devotional for April 25
God's Wisdom for Daily Living
Devotional ScriptureProverbs 15:2-4(KJV):
2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
Thought for the Day
Verse 2 - All throughout Proverbs we are admonished to guard what we say, because what comes out of our mouths will determine if we are wise or foolish.
Verse 3 - No one can hide from God because He "sees all" and "knows all." The Lord is omnipresent (present everywhere) and omniscient (knows all things). No one can hide a word or deed from Him. That the unsaved do evil without restraint is understandable, since they do not know God. But many Christians act as if God were on vacation and not watching all they do. If we really believe that He hears our conversations, would we speak to family and friends the way we do?
Speaking critically to and of one's spouse is one of the things that erodes a marriage. Consistent use of negative words and critical comments will lead to destruction of the marriage, which can escalate to divorce. The threat of divorce should never be used to manipulate a spouse. Using divorce as a threat is like speaking murder to the marriage.
Words can accumulate in the spirit and cause one to react lovingly or hateful by what is spoken. The Bible warns each spouse not to return "railing for railing" but "blessing for a railing." As kind words are returned this stops the cycle of "railing for railing." "Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it (1 Peter 3:7-11).
We are admonished in the Bible to seek peace and do good. We should never take our anger out on anyone, especially our mates. We are to give our anger to Jesus and ask Him to remove it, replacing it with His forgiveness, love, and patience. Often, after people get married, they cease to be courteous to one another, becoming rude and unmannerly. The Lord calls us to be as courteous to our mates as to any sister or brother in Christ. We should be kind to one another, and think about saying and doing nice things that edify our spouses and build our marriages. Let us be as a tree of life, our tongues producing words that nourish and delight the souls of others.
Prayer Devotional for the DayDear heavenly Father, I am thankful that You are an "all seeing" and "all hearing" God, as this brings me great comfort to know You are watching over me at all times, and that You hear every word and prayer that I pray. You are a wonderful Father who not only loves me, but You love the whole world. I thank You that You are concerned about all the little things that concern me, as well as the things that I perceive as big things. Lord, to You, my concerns are never too small to miss Your attention, nor are they too big that You cannot take care of them because You are sizeless!! YOU ARE GOD!! Lord, may this truth be planted strongly in my spirit and in those that I pray for. Lord, meet the needs of the thousands of people who write us for prayer. Touch them and meet their needs according to Your will. Let each of them know how much You love and care for them. I know You will come and save them! I ask this in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.
Ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins. That we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness. He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him.
He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Thus it behooved Christ to suffer, ... that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations. He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, ... to give repentance. Through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: and by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. Your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.
Matthew 1:21; 1 John 3:5; 1 Peter 2:24; Hebrews 7:25; Isaiah 53:5-6; Luke 24:46-47; Hebrews 9:26; Acts 5:31; Acts 13:38-39; 1 John 2:12
It pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell. The brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation.
The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
All things are yours; whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; and ye are Christs; and Christ is God's.
2 Corinthians 8:9; Colossians 1:19; Hebrews 1:3-4; Philippians 2:6-7; Matthew 8:20; 1 Corinthians 3:21-23