I thank you for working on me, still. I thank you for healing me so much already. I thank you also for all the healing you’ve done in my daughter, most of which I haven’t even been aware was needed. Thank you for her calm demeanor in dealing with her father who has been trying to insert himself back into her life. She does seem to have more bitter desire for revenge than I have ever tasted myself, and less willingness to forgive, so I ask you to heal her of that, Father. Please work on her, so that her joy is not swallowed up in sorrow. Lead her to a place of forgiveness and letting go, as you have with me so many countless times. And help me to rest in that place of forgiveness as well, that I may be strong and not weakened by my own sorrow or anger. Strengthen us with your peace and goodness, and help us to walk in your mercy, Lord, showing mercy to all others, abundantly. Amen.
James 1:19-27 ERV
My dear brothers and sisters, always be more willing to listen than to speak. Keep control of your anger.
Anger does not help you live the way God wants.
So get rid of everything evil in your lives–every kind of wrong you do. Be humble and accept God’s teaching that is planted in your hearts. This teaching can save you.
Do what God’s teaching says; don’t just listen and do nothing. When you only sit and listen, you are fooling yourselves.
Hearing God’s teaching and doing nothing is like looking at your face in the mirror
and doing nothing about what you saw. You go away and immediately forget how bad you looked.
But when you look into God’s perfect law that sets people free, pay attention to it. If you do what it says, you will have God’s blessing. Never just listen to his teaching and forget what you heard.
You might think you are a very religious person. But if your tongue is out of control, you are fooling yourself. Your careless talk makes your offerings to God worthless.
The worship that God wants is this: caring for orphans or widows who need help and keeping yourself free from the world’s evil influence. This is the kind of worship that God accepts as pure and good.
Lord, I thank you for giving me a husband who is humble enough to look at himself in the mirror of your perfect liberty, growing more free all the time. I thank you for giving me the courage to stand boldly before that same fault-revealing mirror as well, knowing that it is your strength and your mercy that sets us free, and the blood of your Son that cleanses us. Father, I ask you to reveal these same liberating truths to each of my children, and help them to be humble enough to stand before your mirror and allow you to cleanse and heal them as well. And Father, if it be possible, if he has not already committed “the sin unto death”, I ask you to touch the heart of my children’s father some day and help him to stop resisting your mirror and take a good hard look at himself, so that he can be set free, as well. Thank you for loving us crazy little humans, Lord! Amen. 🙂