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Thought and Prayer for Thursday, May 13, 2021

Thursday, May 13, 2021

May 13, 2021 GOOD AND EVIL

While listening is a great skill to practice and improve upon, it doesn’t stop there. When we listen and really hear someone talk about their issues or tell us a little about themselves, we need to take action. Just listening will help us to learn more about them. However, taking action will help us to do something for them. We aren’t here on earth simply to take in information. We are here to serve. We have the choice to do good or to do evil on this earth. And, quite frankly, if we aren’t doing good, then what are we doing?

God tells us in His word that it is important to listen and learn, grow in wisdom and take action. We have choices to make in life. When we aren’t doing anything to help others, then we are part of the problem, not part of the solution. Let’s begin listening with the intent to help and to serve rather than just to store more information into our brains. Let’s choose good over evil seeking ways to help rather than to just sit back and watch what others are doing.

SCRIPTURE:
James 1:22-25 “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. Write how you take action on what you hear.
2. List ways you can be proactive in doing more.
3. Know God wants you to live an obedient life to Him.
4. Seek God’s word and apply it by taking action for good and not evil.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, Your word is for us to listen to and read so we know what we are to do every day. You give us direction and instruction. Help us to be willing to listen to the needs of others so we know how to best help them and not turn the other way. We want to be doers of the word and not just listeners. Show us opportunities in our conversations to share Your word. Help us see where to take action today to do good, we pray. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

REMEMBER:
Luke 8:21 “Jesus replied, ‘My mother and my brothers are all those who hear God’s word and obey it.’” (NLT)

Romans 2:13 “For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight.” (NLT)

FOCUS:
Luke 11:28 “Jesus replied, ‘But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.’” (NLT)
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