Always done with kindness

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What is Jesus saying personally to me today -Always done with kindness

Kindness and truth shall meet.
The truth as we see it, whether it is God’s truth or our own, can elicit a whole bunch of emotions within us and they show when we attempt to speak the truth. Whether kindness leads to truth or truth results in kindness, or they happen at the same time, at some stage they can meet. The point is, that if we are to speak the truth, then it should be done with the right intentions, have God in the middle of it and perhaps we can deliver the message of truth even if it is hard, with kindness.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

How do I respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me today?

I have an issue with the way in which I speak my truth. Sometimes I forget God completely and other times I use my truth as a reason to feel vindicated and justify my feelings [ perhaps it is not even a truth then!]. Whatever I do about my truth, I can always deliver it with kind energy and words, not accusing, blaming, sounding like a victim or arrogant. In fact, all my words, truths or just ideas and conversations should always be done with kindness.There might be some conversations this weekend that I need to be very intentional about incorporating my kindness and truth.

Jesus,
may your truth be my truth and your spirit work within me so that I can see it clearly.
I want kindness to be a part of my being and I seek from and in you.
Soften me but teach me about truth.
Amen

Psalm 84(85):8,10-14

Kindness and truth shall meet.

Let us see, O Lord, your mercy
and give us your saving help.
His help is near for those who fear him
and his glory will dwell in our land.

Kindness and truth shall meet.

Mercy and faithfulness have met;
justice and peace have embraced.
Faithfulness shall spring from the earth
and justice look down from heaven.

Kindness and truth shall meet.

The Lord will make us prosper
and our earth shall yield its fruit.
Justice shall march before him
and peace shall follow his steps.

I have everything I need

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What is Jesus saying personally to me today – I have everything I need

there is nothing I shall want.
In Jesus, we will find everything that we need, not somethings, or just enough but EVERYTHING! By setting our hearts and minds on our provider, guide, protector, teacher, miracle worker, creator, what else do we really need to be distracted by? It’s pretty simple, I have everything I need.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

How do I respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me today?

It is just so easy to slip into a mind space that is not in union with God, just about my ego and the problems and stress of the material world. From the psalms, this says what I need right now – Near restful waters he leads me,to revive my drooping spirit. No need to search for it in or through something else, just need to listen to my shepherd in Jesus and I will see that I have everything I need. Today my meditation and prayer periods will be to sit with this statement so that it sinks as much as his holy spirit determines, for as much as I understand it, I need to experience it so much more deeply.

Jesus,
I come to you my shepherd for all that I need.
I have everything in you
you prepare and provide everything for me
Revive my drooping spirit, fill me with your spirit
Amen

Psalm 22(23):1-3a,4-6

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
The Lord is my shepherd;
there is nothing I shall want.
Fresh and green are the pastures
where he gives me repose.
Near restful waters he leads me,
to revive my drooping spirit.
The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
He guides me along the right path;
He is true to his name.
If I should walk in the valley of darkness
no evil would I fear.
You are there with your crook and your staff;
with these you give me comfort.
The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
You have prepared a banquet for me
in the sight of my foes.
My head you have anointed with oil;
my cup is overflowing.
The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me
all the days of my life.
In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell
for ever and ever.

Whatever happens next

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What is Jesus saying personally to me today – Whatever happens next

The Pharisees went out and at once began to plot with the Herodians against him, discussing how to destroy him.
Have you ever done something and not been happy with the response of others or the outcome of your good efforts, I certainly have. You might have even done something as a response to what God has asked of you, but what is the expectation or result that you want? Jesus does things that he knows will upset some people but it doesn’t deter him, in fact sometimes he goes harder. He acts in accordance to the Father and he responds to the Father in whatever happens next. So the same is for us, we do things that are righteous and we accept whatever happens next and hand it all over to God.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

How do I respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me?

No expectations from my actions, that is a hard one! I often respond to what I believe God and Jesus is asking of me and when what I think should happen next doesn’t, it’s a real challenge for me. Recently, I have done something that I believe is for someone’s best interest and despite all my fears, I continue to support it. The Problem for me is that my mind constantly drifts into hoping for the outcome I want, not whatever might happen. I am going to add this surrendering to my prayers for hope tonight and continue until I feel that the tension is resolved.

Jesus,
I asked for clarity and through your spirit I feel that I am getting a better understanding of myself.
May my intentions be founded in you and my response to your plan be equally as faithful.
Align the beginning and the end in you within me.
Amen

Mark 3:1-6

Jesus went into a synagogue, and there was a man there who had a withered hand. And they were watching him to see if he would cure him on the sabbath day, hoping for something to use against him. He said to the man with the withered hand, ‘Stand up out in the middle!’ Then he said to them, ‘Is it against the law on the sabbath day to do good, or to do evil; to save life, or to kill?’ But they said nothing. Then, grieved to find them so obstinate, he looked angrily round at them, and said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out and his hand was better. The Pharisees went out and at once began to plot with the Herodians against him, discussing how to destroy him.

Hope is the anchor

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What is Jesus saying personally to me today – Hope is the anchor

take a firm grip on the hope that is held out to us. Here we have an anchor for our soul,
What do we hope for, a better job, home, relationships, a nice holiday? These type of things keep us going, provides motivation and drive to achieve or attain them. There is a deeper hope that we may not even be aware of, to a have a true meaning and purpose of life. Jesus provides this hope, the hope that we can be reunited completely in the presence of God, not just when we die but right now. When we either cannot find or loose hope our lives become, pale, dreary, hollow and miserable. To fully understand and receive the love of God, this hope is an anchor that can form a good life with meaning, purpose, peace and joy.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

How do I respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me Today?

I have been praying for hope this last week but not with a specific focus, just broadly. Today when I pray for hope I am going to be more clear on exactly what I am hoping for, where I am seeking this hope and whom I am seeking it from. I really to need to get my hope back as I feel somewhat defeated.

Jesus,
I seek you and have hope in you.
Restore my hope in you.
Bring back the energy and desire that had for you.
Amen

Hebrews 6:10-20

God would not be so unjust as to forget all you have done, the love that you have for his name or the services you have done, and are still doing, for the saints. Our one desire is that every one of you should go on showing the same earnestness to the end, to the perfect fulfilment of our hopes, never growing careless, but imitating those who have the faith and the perseverance to inherit the promises.
When God made the promise to Abraham, he swore by his own self, since it was impossible for him to swear by anyone greater: I will shower blessings on you and give you many descendants. Because of that, Abraham persevered and saw the promise fulfilled. Men, of course, swear an oath by something greater than themselves, and between men, confirmation by an oath puts an end to all dispute. In the same way, when God wanted to make the heirs to the promise thoroughly realise that his purpose was unalterable, he conveyed this by an oath; so that there would be two unalterable things in which it was impossible for God to be lying, and so that we, now we have found safety, should have a strong encouragement to take a firm grip on the hope that is held out to us. Here we have an anchor for our soul, as sure as it is firm, and reaching right through beyond the veil where Jesus has entered before us and on our behalf, to become a high priest of the order of Melchizedek, and for ever.

Refined

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What is Jesus Saying Personally to me today -Refined

he submitted so humbly that his prayer was heard. Although he was Son, he learnt to obey through suffering
Even is his perfection, Jesus went through a process of submitting to Gods will with humility in his suffering. There was more suffering than just his crusifiction, publicly and privately he was attacked, lived through assignation attempts, his character and motives were always in question and other regular human sufferings were experienced. He didn’t pretend that He didn’t suffer, he lived it and surrendered it as part of his human refinement, while all the time never loosing sight of God. Where are my eyes fixed on, purely the suffering or still on God?

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

How do I respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me today?

So many things come up for me in this reading –
My physical suffering is just accepted and to a degree ignored – there is not much of God in my processes
My mental and emotional suffering is somewhat done with God but not most of the time.
The two need to be aligned in a response that involves submitting and involving God in the process, in both types of suffering
I sometimes don’t admit that I suffer – it is ignored
I don’t usually admit that there has been a significant suffering in my life – this is glossed over
I sometimes indulge in the mental and emotional suffering
It’s all over the place is what I see, I am all over the place in how I treat, deal, accept and involve Jesus in my suffering and in particular how is see it as a way that refines me to what and how God sees me.
This rambling leads me to realise that I need to do some reflecting on the topic and to bring it to Jesus in the first and last instance, so that’s what I will do.

Jesus,
Teach and guide me to a deeper understanding
May your spirit open my eyes to your wonderful example of allowing Gods will to take place.
Humility and surrendering are my teachers if I let you hold my hand.
Amen

Hebrews 5:1-10

Every high priest has been taken out of mankind and is appointed to act for men in their relations with God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins; and so he can sympathise with those who are ignorant or uncertain because he too lives in the limitations of weakness. That is why he has to make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people. No one takes this honour on himself, but each one is called by God, as Aaron was. Nor did Christ give himself the glory of becoming high priest, but he had it from the one who said to him: You are my son, today I have become your father, and in another text: You are a priest of the order of Melchizedek, and for ever. During his life on earth, he offered up prayer and entreaty, aloud and in silent tears, to the one who had the power to save him out of death, and he submitted so humbly that his prayer was heard. Although he was Son, he learnt to obey through suffering; but having been made perfect, he became for all who obey him the source of eternal salvation and was acclaimed by God with the title of high priest of the order of Melchizedek.