(Devotionals will come out every Monday. Read this (or past) devotional entry and answers the question in your journal (or on a piece of paper). Show it to your huddle group leader at Emerge this next week and get credit for completing it for Plinko. If you missed a previous week you can make up weeks and still get credit for it.)
Devo by: Stephanie Glasco
This past week Jordan gave a talk from 1 Peter 1:22-2:8. He said that the Scripture tells us that we need to grow, and life is like a seed (Luke 8:4-15). The seed, or our life is planted deep and solid if it is planted in the Word of God. He also said that the values and things that are important to us today will impact us for the rest of our lives.
- Take some time (about five minutes) in quiet. You can choose to pray during this time, or just sit and listen and be alone with God. You might be surprised what you hear from Him in that quiet time.
- Make a list of 5 things that are most important in your life, and things you believe to be your “morals” and your “values.” (things that make you, you.)
- Now make a list of 3 things that you struggle with regularly that does not glorify Jesus. (Represent Jesus)
- Jordan gave us some words on the back of last week’s announcement sheet. I will post them on here as well, but take a look at those words and what they mean. These words are all words that mean things that go against what God has for us and actually hurt other people. Go through your list of “struggles” (that you listed in #3) and compare them to the list on the back of the announcement sheet. Do you find that you hurt others and God with your actions? Does your list match up with how God wants us to live?
– Malice- A harmful action to other people.
Opposite of Malice is: Gentleness
– Deceit– Lying or being untruthful.
Opposite of Deceit is: Telling Truth
– Hypocrisy– Wearing a mask, or not being who we really are.
Opposite of Hypocrisy is: Transparency
– Envy– Wishing ill will to someone else.
Opposite of Envy is: Thankfulness, or being thankful for people.
– Slander- Your words can hurt.
Opposite of Slander is: Kindness and self – control.
5. We as Christ followers are called to love people, and show people how much God loves them through how we love them. Does your list do that? If your list has things in it that hurt Jesus and hurt others, take some time and think about how you could live differently to love Jesus and love your friends. What are some things you can change in order to show love to people? If you need help with this you can read 1 Peter 1:22-2:8, and you can also talk to your huddle group leaders.