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Dig It Up

FAITH BOOSTER:

Dig It Up [Jan. 09,2021]

WORD OF FAITH:

Get rid of all bitterness. Ephesians 4:31

Also Read Ruth 1:3–5,20–21(NIV)

When Rebecca’s brother and sister-in-law started having marriage problems, Rebecca prayed earnestly for their reconciliation. But they divorced. Then her sister-in-law took the children out of state and their dad didn’t protest. Rebecca never again saw the nieces she dearly loved. Years later she said, “Because of trying to handle this sadness on my own, I let a root of bitterness start in my heart, and it began to spread to my family and friends.”

The book of Ruth tells about a woman named Naomi who struggled with a heart of grief that grew into bitterness. Her husband died in a foreign land, and ten years later both her sons died. She was left destitute with her daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah (1:3–5). When Naomi and Ruth returned to Naomi’s home country, the whole town was excited to see them. But Naomi told her friends: “The Almighty has made my life very bitter. . . . The Lord has afflicted me” (vv. 20–21). She even asked them to call her “Mara,” meaning bitter. 

Who hasn’t faced disappointment and been tempted toward bitterness? Someone says something hurtful, an expectation isn’t met, or demands from others make us resentful. When we acknowledge to ourselves and God what’s happening deep in our hearts, our tender Gardener can help us dig up any roots of bitterness—whether they’re still small or have been growing for years—and can replace them with a sweet, joyful spirit.

 QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • What areas of life do you tend to become bitter about?
  • What’s growing inside your heart that needs God’s loving care?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

God, help me to see the goodness in life You’re always displaying. And dig up any root of bitterness in my heart that dishonors You.

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Borrowed Shoes

FAITH BOOSTER:

Borrowed Shoes [Nov. 16,2020]

WORD OF FAITH:

Serve one another humbly in love. Galatians 5:13

Also Galatians 5:13–26(NIV)

In the chaos of fleeing his home during the California wildfires of 2018, Gabe, a high school senior, missed the state-qualifying cross-country race for which he’d been training. Missing this meet meant he wouldn’t have the chance to compete at the state meet—the culminating event of his four-year running career. In light of the circumstances, the state athletics board gave Gabe another chance: he’d have to run a qualifying time by himself, on a rival high school’s track, in “street shoes” because his running shoes were in the charred rubble of his home. When he showed up to “race,” Gabe was surprised by his competitors who’d come to supply him with proper shoes and to run alongside him to ensure he kept the pace necessary to be entered in the state meet.

Gabe’s opponents had no obligation to help him. They could have given into their natural desires to look out for themselves (Galatians 5:13); doing so might have improved their own odds of winning. But Paul urges us to display the fruit of the Spirit in our lives—to “serve one another humbly in love” and to demonstrate “kindness” and “goodness” (vv. 13, 22). When we lean on the Spirit to help us not act on our natural instincts, we’re better able to love those around us.

 QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:

  • How are you showing the “fruit of the Spirit” in the way you treat others?
  • How can you better love your “neighbour”?

PRAYER OF FAITH:

Dear God, my natural desire is to look out for myself. Help me to serve others out of love for You.

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