Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)
This principle in Matthew 6:33 is the key to the kingdom. If you wake us in the morning and God’s kingdom is not first in your heart, then you are in danger of forfeiting the promised rewards for putting Him first. This principle reflects whether a Christian has Jesus as their Lord or whether their faith is nominal. A nominal Christian can wake up any old way, but a committed Christian seeks Him first no matter what the circumstances.
Prayer: LORD, I commit myself this day to living according to Matthhew 6:33. Forgive me for any failure in the past. My life can be better and realize its potential if I can trust this promise and receive the reward on a daily basis. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree with one another. (1 Corinthians 1:10)
Paul set an example to the church of how to get along, especially dealing with our words and disagreements. He used the art of appeal. He would not tell someone he flat our disagreed with them, but tried to find common ground based on their Lord and His Word.
This takes some maturity and an appreciation of brothers and sisters getting along with harmony and charity. Paul instructed us to appeal in love and truth to bring a person around to the Lord’s way of thinking, the one mind we should all agree with.
Prayer: Lord, I want to get along well with my brethren. Help me to learn to appeal, not to argue or criticize when words do not sit right with me. Then you can use all of us together for good. In Jesus’ name. Amen.