Saturday, January 5th


Be compassionate and humble, not paying back evil for evil or insult for insult but, on the contrary, giving a blessing, since you were called for this, so that you can inherit a blessing. - 1 Peter 3:8-9

Dear Jesus, when I am slighted or someone pulls out in front of me to get ahead, the first thought I usually have is not, "Don't be a proud self".  It is, "Hey, that guy is wrong and of all people he should not have wronged me!"  Then I sometimes say insults under my breath.  Help me to change that.  Help me to give a blessing and to be humble not expecting any special treatment.  I want to learn to smile from deep in my heart and wave at the irritation   I want to overcome evil with good.  Give me that wisdom and strength to bless and not curse when insults come.  And in the family, help me to not be so comfortable with my spouse and kids that I spar with them needlessly over silly things. AMEN

 Control of the tongue begins with control of the heart, a fruit of the Spirit.