January 23rd, 2018 Devotional

Word for the Day:

vulnerary [vuhl-nuh-rer-ee] 

adjective

1. used to promote the healing of wounds, as herbs or other remedies.

noun, plural vulneraries.

2. a remedy for wounds.

 

vulnerary. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved January 23, 2018 from Dictionary.com website http://www.dictionary.com/browse/vulnerary

 

The concept of this word includes wounds being healed.

 

Scripture for the Day:

Ephesians 4:31-32 (NASB)

31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

 

Devotion for the Day:

It’s inevitable at some point in your faith walk with Jesus Christ that another follower of Christ will do something to offend you, cause bitterness to take root, generate anger, or cause lack of unity.   These words and phrases describe emotional and spiritual wounds.  Recently, the word “unity” seems to have become a theme during my times of prayer and study.  Any offense, bitterness, anger, or disunity you have toward another follower of Christ, especially any that are within the church that you attend, can have devastating effects on the spiritual atmosphere during times of corporate praise, worship, and impact the effectiveness/receptivity of the message being preached.  Outside the walls of the church building, damaged relationships can cause a negative impact in your home, school, workplace, etc.  Tension, division, and strife generate a lack of team spirit, unity, and direction which hinders the accomplishment of goals and vision.

 

Consider the word for the day…vulnerary…while the strict definition includes the topic of healing physical wounds with herbs or remedies, I believe that there is a spiritual principle that is aside from physical healing.  What I mean is that spiritual and relational healing are necessary to overcome any offense, bitterness, anger, or disunity you have with anyone inside or outside the church to reverse the negative effects that have occurred.  Our scripture for the day (Ephesians 4:31-32) includes healing terminology as follows:

 

1.      be kind to one another

2.      be tender-hearted

3.      forgive each other

4.      put away bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, slander, and malice

 

My challenge to you for today is to allow the Holy Spirit to reveal to you with whom may have caused relational issues for you.  More importantly ask the Holy Spirit to share with you who has a relational issue with you.  Either way, the point is of this challenge is to not have a head knowledge about these relational issues, but to take the matter to heart and pray about how you can restore, reconcile, and redeem that relationship. 

 

Consider the following passages of Scripture as you prayerfully determine how to make these relationships right.

 

Matthew 18:15 (NASB)

15 “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother.

 

Matthew 5:23-24 (NASB)

23 Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.

 

Bottom Line for the Day:

The goal of today’s lesson is to ensure that you, those within your circle/sphere of relationships, your church, your business, etc. operate at full capacity as enabled by the Holy Spirit.  I assure you that you do not want any hindrances that might currently be present to continue to linger.  Allowing it to linger will continue to allow disunity while the spiritual and emotional wounds fester.  Don’t delay in following the Biblical pattern in today’s devotion…allow the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the exact steps to take to bring wholeness, restoration, and redemption to your damaged relationships.

 

Consider the lyrics to Matthew West’s song “Forgiveness” on the following website...

www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/matthewwest/forgiveness.html

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Dictionary.com Word of the Day Thought

The January 9th, 2017 word of the day from Dictionary.com is crepitate, which has the definition; "to make a crackling sound; crackle."  

Ecclesiates 7:3 (NASB95) says, 5 "It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man than for one to listen to the song of fools.  6 For as the crackling of thorn bushes under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool; and this too is futility."

My challenge to you for today is to consider if are you listening to the right voices of influence in your life.  Are you listening to those who have your best interests in mind?  Even though a "rebuke" (verse 5) is difficult to hear, the outflow of the rebuke can be to build character, integrity, or right actions in the future.  I hope you are listening to those who have true wisdom.  Consider taking some time today to reflect over the list of those that you allow to speak into your life.  Have a time of true self-reflection to determine if they have your best interests in mind.  You may be challenged to put some boundaries in place with those who would fall into the category of "fools" (verse 5 and 6).

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