Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Daily Devotional: September 13th

Thanksgiving Yes...Envy No!

Stop Your Anger! Turn from your rage! Do not envy others--it only leads to harm. Psalm 37:8

As the recipient of God's grace, you have every reason to celebrate life. After all, God has promised you the opportunity to receive his abundance and His joy--in fact, you have the opportunity to receive those gifts right now, But if you allow envy to gnaw away at the fabric of your soul, you'll find that joy remains elusive. So do yourself an enormous favor: Rather than succumbing to the sin of envy, focus on the marvelous things that God has done for you--starting with Christ's sacrifice. Thank the Giver of all good gifts, and keep thanking Him for the wonders of His love and the miracles of His creation. Count your own blessings and let your neighbors count theirs. It's the godly way to live. Contentment comes when we develop an attitude of gratitude for the important things we do have in our lives that we tend to take for granted if we have our eyes staring longingly at our neighbor's stuff.

A tranquil heart is life to the body, but jealousy is rottenness to the bones. Proverbs 14:30.

Sometimes it can be very hard to sit back and think about just how blessed we are. We go through small problems and think its the end of the world. Sometimes I have to just sit back and remember just how blessed I am. We all look at some people and tell God but I know I'm more "saved" than that person or I'm doing better than they are and we can't do that. We have to realize our blessing is coming and God will only give you as much as you can handle. Don't worry about different things your neighbor may have. You never know what they are actually going through. Have a great day. Thank God and thank you.

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