Love Your Critics

Joyce Meyer

Starting Your Day Right/ Devotions for Each Morning of the Year

 

Love your critics. Appreciate people’s correction. Appreciate God’s correction also. Proverbs 3:12 says, “For whom the Lord loves He corrects.”

Self-discipline is the mark of maturity. If you don’t have control of yourself in a certain area, you are undisciplined. In that area you are not mature. If you want to be a mature Christian, then you must be disciplined.

If you want to be free to truly enjoy your life, you must face the truth. You cannot be free if you make excuses for any area of weakness that God has pointed out to you. Everyone has weaknesses: give thanks to God if you discover one of yours today, and trust Him to be strong in that area in your behalf.

He who heeds instruction and correction is [not only himself] in the way of life [but also] is a way of life for others. Proverbs 10:17

Life Point:

Ephesians 4:26,27 basically tells us to let go of our anger before bed time. There is only one problem: What happens when we become good and angry just before bedtime? If we become angry in the morning, at least we have all day to get over it. But when we become angry close to bedtime, we have to make a quick decision about what to do with our anger.

Why is it so unwise for us to go to bed angry? I think it is because while we sleep? I think it is because while we sleep, what we are angry about has time to take root in us. But the Word admonishes us not to leave room for the devil to gain a foothold through our anger. If we refuse to get over our anger by bedtime, we open a door for the devil and give him a foothold. Once Satan gets a foothold in our lives, he sees an opportunity to move on to a stronghold.

I encourage you today to deal with your anger quickly and decisively so the devil sees no opportunity to take advantage of the situation. No matter how you feel, you can choose to forgive and walk in love. -Joyce Meyer-

” If we have willing hearts, stirred-up hearts, wise hearts, perfect hearts, and tender consciences, the devils plain for destruction is destroyed because then nothing can stop us from being used by God.” Amen!! Amen!!

” Have a Heart of Forgiveness “

– Discover Your GOD Given Worth- June Hunt

People with low self-worth often struggle to get past the circumstance that was the breeding ground for their low self-esteem. But in order to put the pieces of our broken life back together, it is necessary for us to forgive those who had grievously wronged us. The Bible says,

” Bearing with one another and if one has a complaint against another, forgive each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” (Colossians 3:13)

Because the issue of forgiveness is such a stumbling block to so many people, let’s understand what…

  • Forgiveness is not:
  • -Forgiveness is not circumventing God’s justice… God will execute His justice in His time and in His way.
  • -Forgiveness is not letting the guilty off the hook…It is moving from your hook onto God’s hook.
  • -Forgiveness is not excusing sinful behavior…God says the offense is without excuse.
  • -Forgiveness is not stuffing your anger….It is resolving your anger by releasing it to God.
  • -Forgiveness is not being a door-mate…It is being like Christ-He is certainly not a door-mate!
  • -Forgiveness is not forgetting…It is essential to remember in order to forgive.
  • -Forgiveness is not a feeling….It is an act of the will.

” You have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.” (Hebrews 10:36)

. Make a list of all persons you need to forgive.

-Write down all offenses committed by each person.

-In prayer, one by one, release each offense to God.

-Take each offense off of your emotional hook and put them all onto God’s hook.

-Then take the offender off of your “hook” and put that person onto God’s hook.

. Forgiveness is:

– Forgiveness is dismissing a debt owed to you….It is releasing the offender from the obligation to repay you.

– Forgiveness is giving up the option of holding on to the offense…It is giving the offense to God.

– Forgiveness is extended even if it is never requested or earned….It is in no way dependent on any action by the offender.

– Forgiveness is extending mercy….It is not giving the offender what is deserved.

-Forgiveness is to set the offender free from you….It is to also set you free from  the offender and free from bondage to bitterness.

-Forgiveness is changing your thinking about the offender….It is seeing the offender as someone in need of forgiveness just as you are in need of forgiveness.

” To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness for we have rebelled against Him”. (Daniel 9:9)

Forgiveness Prayer…

” Lord Jesus, thank You for caring about how much I have been hurt. You know the pain I have felt because of (list each offense). Right now I release all that pain into Your hands. Thank You, Lord, for dying on the cross for me and extending Your forgiveness to me. As an act of my will, I choose to forgive (name). Right now, I take them off my emotional hook, and I place them on Your hook. I  refuse all thoughts of revenge. I trust that in Your time and in Your way You will deal with them as You see fit. And Lord, thank You for giving me Your power to forgive so that I can be set free. In Your precious name, I pray. Amen!! Amen!!

” Fruity Folks “

(Read: Galatians 5:16-26)

We tend to think two crazy truths about the fruit of the Spirit: First we think that the fruit of the Spirit is all about being nice, nice, nice all the time. Visions of ” Church Lady ” come into our thinking. (I wonder why, since she was not really all that nice.) The fruit of the Spirit is not about being nice. It’s about being like Jesus.

Jesus was always filled with the fruit of the Spirit. But He wasn’t always nice. When He told the Pharisees to stop making faith harder than God makes it, that wasn’t nice. Or when He told the woman caught in adultery to stop sinning that wasn’t nice. Or when He drove the money changers out of the temple that wasn’t nice. Jesus wasn’t always nice. But He was always filled with the Spirit.

Second, we think that it is all up to us to grow the fruit of the Spirit. We think that if we try hard enough, we’ll evidence these qualities. This will never happen! No matter how much we strain and stretch, we cannot grow such attributes in our lives. The fruit of the Spirit is just that: God’s character reproduced by His power in our lives. These traits are up to Him to grow, not us. The fruit of the Spirit represent the qualities we possess when we look like God.

-Elisa Morgan-

” The Fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. ” Galatians 5:22-23

Prayer: Dear plant-growing Heavenly Father, please cultivate in us your character qualities. We yield to You to reproduce in us the traits that come from Your nature. Let these characteristics be evidence to this world of Your love so that those who are truly hungry will find a relationship with You. Amen!! Amen!!

– Teaching Reaching-

Teach me God, so I may teach Your Holy master plan! Help me,  God, so I may reach everyone I can! Show me, God, how I may find the words that most inspire- Words of goodness words of grace that lift the Spirit higher! -Alice Joyce Davidson-

” For God giveth to a man that is good in His sight wisdom, and knowledge, and happiness, but to the sinner He gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. ” Ecclesiastes 2:26 (Read Proverbs 28:8)

” Yes, You Can go Back “

(Read: Isaiah 51:1-16)

So often we hear people say ” You just can’t go back. ” In some ways this is true. And it is a good thing we can’t. Memory is a wonderful gift, but to try to retain the past by keeping our minds there is to shut off growth and miss today. We can cherish the good things in our past, learn by experience, and anticipate the future, but we only have the now.

However, some things we must go back to , such as the (Wisdom) of our mothers. If yours was an unwise mother, you can pray for the wisdom your own children can go back to someday. Wisdom is partly inborn, partly learned. Wisdom is good sense; good sense is truth, truth is integrity. Yes, you can go back to all of them.

You can go back to simplicity-back to (Balance). You can go back to the (Word). Go back  to (Foundations), to the (Chief Cornerstone). Go back to (Repentance). Go back  to (Calvary); go back to the beautiful (Resurrection).

Yes, you can go back! Go back  to go forward-to basics, to cardinal doctrines. Some things are eternal.

When things get so complicated you are dizzy, when right is called “square” When adultery is the expected thing, when license is called liberty, When selfishness is labeled ” finding yourself,” when convictions based on the Word of God are called opinions, and when sin abounds, it is time to go back.

Accepted cliché’s can lead you astray: Old dogs can’t learn new tricks; you can’t change a leopard’s spots; you can’t go back. These are not necessarily true. If you can’t go back, you probably won’t go forward. Go back to the solid rock.  Yes, you can go back!

-Dorothy E. Sickal-

” Listen to me, You who pursue righteousness and who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the Quarry from which you were Hewn; look to Abraham, Your Father, and To Sarah, who gave you Birth.” Isaiah 51:1-2

 

” Action And Words “

Nothing could stop them from talking about Jesus. They had been thrown into prison because of it and had been warned repeatedly, but Peter and John boldly declared that they could not stop. They had been with Jesus; they believed in Him and the power of His resurrection. Nothing and no one would stop them from talking about the Savior.

The book of Acts is filled with the great stories of the early church. like Peter and John, most of the early believers were ordinary people, unschooled yet knowledgeable about what was most important (see Acts 4:13). Most of them hadn’t been trained in the synagogue, but they were capable preachers and teachers because they taught what they were most excited about-the good news about Jesus.

As grandparents we can relate to talking about what excites us most. Given an opportunity, and we’ll be more than happy to talk about our grandchildren. It’s natural, we just cannot keep quiet about the ones who fill our lives with joy. We should be equally enthusiastic about telling others and our grandchildren about Jesus- just like the new believers in the early Christian church did. We don’t need special training or years of schooling; we just need to share what Jesus  has done for us.

Verse to Remember (Acts 4:19-20)

Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

Spread God’s Word…Sometimes I want to shout with glee- “Hey everybody, look at me- I found Him in the warmth of friendship in the joy of giving I found Him in loving in laughing- in living!

I found God And you can find Him, too- Just open up your heart and God will come to you! -Alice Joyce Davidson-

And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15

” Worthy”

” Discover Your God Given Worth” – June Hunt –

Work on eliminating negative attitudes and beliefs.

. ” (We) will not hide our feelings and refuse to face them.”

. ” (We) will not wallow in feelings of self-pity.”

. ” (We) will not project our feelings onto others and become critical.”

” Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

Obtain a scriptural understanding of having love for ourselves.

. ” (We) are not to love ourselves with conceited love (pride).”

. ” (We) are to love the truth that God loves us and has a purpose for us.”

– Agape love: seeking the highest good of another

-Agape love for ourselves: seeking God’s highest purpose for us.

” The whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”’ (Galatians 5:14)

.Refuse to compare ourselves with others.

.” (We) will not measure ourselves  by what others can do.”

.” (We) will thank God for what He has given us and what He is making of us.”

” Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves.” (2 Corinthians 10:12).

Thank God for His unconditional love for us.

” (We) will choose an attitude of thanksgiving even if we do not feel thankful.”

” (We) will spend personal time with God, thanking Him for His unfalling love.”

” (We) have thought on Your steadfast love, O God.” (Psalm 48:9)

Hope in God’s promise to mold us to be like Christ.

” (We) know that personal growth is a process.”

“(We)know that God is committed to our growth.”

” Those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son.” (Romans 8:29)

Yield your talents and abilities to helping others.

” (We) will be generous with our God-given gifts.”

“(We) will realize our God-given worth as we focus on others.”

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

” A New Leaf ”

Tomorrow I’ll turn over a new leaf.

I’ve said that so many times, Lord, that by now I’ve accumulated enough leaves to clothe a tree!

Tomorrow isn’t soon enough. Help me get started today, Lord, help me get started now!

By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idelness of the hands the house droppeth through. Ecclesiastes 10:18

-Alice Joyce Davidson-