Read Ephesians 4:32

Legend tells of a man who majored on misery. Every time someone was unkind to him he would pick up a stone, put it in a sack, and carry the stone filled sack on his back. Soon the burden broke his heart and his health.

It’s healthier to remove a grudge than to retain it, and you’ll be much happier.

Forgiveness turns adversaries into allies, barriers into bridges, remorse into radiance, and it bears the imprint of the Son of God.

The Bible says, “Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.”

Be kind to others, won’t you?

Prayer: Fill my heart with Thy love, Father. Take away my meanness, and give me Thy kindness. Deliver me from impatience, and give me Thy patience. Save me from pride, and give me Thy humility. Love others through me: in Christ’s name. Amen.

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Read Ephesians 6:1-4

It was graduation time in the Ozarks. A farmer and his wife traveled to the distant campus for the commencement exercises.

They were ashamed of their clothing, but they were proud of their son who spoke with ease and eloquence during the graduation exercises, for he was brilliant.

When the son’s talk ended, the father hugged his wife as he said, “Maw, the boy is the best crop we ever grew.”

Your best crop as parents is to grow good and godly children. Ones who’ll put God above glory, love above lust, morality above money, principle above popularity, and self-control above self-indulgence.

Prayer: Help me to be, Father, all that I should be as a member of my family. Grant that today I may not grieve a loved one, disappoint a friend, disgrace Thy name, or shame myself: through Christ. Amen.

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Read Ephesians 2:8-10

“Help!” cried a man who was trapped in an elevator between floors.

“Keep cool,” cried the manager, “keep cool! We’ll have you out in no time. I’ve called for the elevator mechanic.”

“I AM the elevator mechanic,” confessed the trapped man.

Self-sufficiency may be good for some things, but not for all things. Take, for example, a drowning man. He can’t save himself by grabbing himself by the hair and lifting up.

Self-reliance is a virtue. But Savior-reliance is vital for salvation. The Bible says, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Call His name, won’t you?

Prayer: Father, we thank Thee for Thy Son, who loved us and gave Himself for us. Help us who have called upon His name for salvation to bring honor to His name: in His name. Amen.

Read Ephesians 4:1-3 TLB

A man said to his pastor, “I’m going to divorce my wife.”

“Got any grounds?” he asked.

“Ten acres,” said the parishioner.

“What I mean is,” continued the pastor, “does she beat you up?”

“Nope,” he answered, “I get up before she does.”

“Does she whine a lot?” wondered the minister.

“She’s a teetotaler. We just don’t communicate.”

You must talk it out with each other, or you’ll take it out on each other. If you bottle up, you’ll blow up. So open up. Wonderful things will happen in your home if you’ll pray passionately, live loyally, and converse cheerfully.

The Living Bible says, “Be gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.”

Prayer: Make our homes, Father, heavenly and happy. Help us to banish all malice and meanness from our hearts and homes: in Christ. Amen.

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