Ephesians 4:32

IDOK DEVOTION FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2010

Praise Reports, Prayer Requests and Updates:

Kathie, Could you please put a motorcycle biker on the prayer list.  His name is Bryan Dunford.  He was in a motorcycle wreck and is in ICU.  He and his family covet our prayers.  God Bless.  Martha.

I am improving but still off keel.  For today, one verse keeps coming to mind to share with you.

Here it is in our familiar King James Version. Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Which is the version from which I memorized it.  How about you?

And the Amplified reads this way: 32And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you.

And the New Century Version: 32 Be kind and loving to each other, and forgive each other just as God forgave you in Christ.

And the final one for today is from The Message paraphrase: 31-32 Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.

And as I have sat and waited for a closing; this comes to mind.  Each of us will most likely have an opportunity today (tomorrow) to encounter some cutting remarks, some backbiting, perhaps even some profanity.  And following those cutting, backbiting, profane remarks will there be heard useful, helpful, kind words?  And will those be ours?

To review the list of names for prayer, please click here.

ABBA, I pray to be kind in my thoughts for if I am kind in my thoughts I will surely be kind with my words.  We pray for Bryan, I don’t know his condition but I pray for mercy and grace and for healing and restoration in all ways for him.  I am continuing to pray for Melinda for her healing and well being all around and for all the others whose names we have read, ABBA, asking that You tend to each of them just as they need You.  And for our IDOK Troops I again ask You to protect them and keep them safe from harm and to bring each of them home safe and sound.   I ask You to minister to Andrew.  You know his needs; you know the concerns with children and parents and I just ask You to bring him word soon that he is so wanting to hear.  And others are coming to mind, surgeries pending, papers to write and little time to do it; classrooms to ready for summer and all the deadlines and hype that teachers are facing this week; I ask You to help them accomplish all this with peace in their hearts and I pray for a precious grand baby and ask that she heal quickly with minimal pain, LORD, and please no scarring.  These and others, ABBA, I bring to You and thank You in advance for what You do. Amen and amen in JESUS NAME.

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Follower of Christ. Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother. Some call me a teacher. Some say I'm a prayer warrior. A few accredit me with some writing skills. Me? I say I'm a work in slow progress, looking for perfection in eternity and until then having all the holy fun I know how.

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