Our Daily Elder Devotional
We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.
Today’s devotional comes from Our Daily Bread.
When I was a child I was an ardent reader of L. Frank Baum’s Land of Oz books. I recently came across Rinkitink in Oz with all the original artwork. I laughed again at the antics of Baum’s irrepressible, good hearted King Rinkitink with his down-to-earth goodness, Young Prince Inga described him best: “His heart is kind and gentle and that is far better than being wise.”
How simple and how sensible! Yet who has not wounded the heart of someone dear to us by a harsh word? By doing so, we disturb the peace and quiet of the hour and we can undo much of the good we have done toward those we love. “A small unkindness is a great offense,” said Hannah More, an 18th-century English writer.
Here’s the good news: Anyone can become kind. We may be incapable of preaching an inspiring sermon, fielding hard questions, or evangelizing vast numbers, but we can all be kind.
How? Through prayer. It is the only way to soften our hearts. “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil [or harsh]” Psalm 141:3-4.
Psalm 141:1-3New International Version (NIV)
A psalm of David.
1 I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me;
hear me when I call to you.
2 May my prayer be set before you like incense;
may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
3 Set a guard over my mouth, Lord;
keep watch over the door of my lips.
Ephesians 4:32New International Version (NIV)
32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
In a world in which love has grown cold, a kindness that comes from the heart of God is one of the most helpful and healing things that we can offer to others. David Roper
Forgive me, Lord, when I bring anger into a situation. Soften my heart and help me use my words to encourage others.
The knowledge that God has loved me beyond all limits will compel me to go into the world to love others in the same way. Oswald Chambers