I love subscribing to verse of the day emails because they often send that little reminder that you needed that day, and didn’t even know you needed. Reading through the Bible is important because it’s an important part of your spiritual growth, development and relationship with God, but sometimes the Word you needed that day isn’t in your current reading, which is where the verse of the day emails come in. They’re also a great opportunity to hear the Bible in different translations than you typically read, giving you new perspectives on what’s in the Bible.
In a recent email came Ephesians 4:31-32 which says: “Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.”
We’re just over 2 weeks into the new year and already some new year’s resolutions are being let go (although I hope you’re still working on yours!). I know, it seems a bit of a waste to take the time to make them if you’re not going to keep them, right? Well, what if instead of trying for a full year you just worked on doing better today? What if you chose to work on one of the tasks Ephesians 4 lays out in the verses I shared? What if you worked this week on being less bitter, or reducing your anger, or being kinder to those you meet, or learning to forgive others or yourself?
Those may sound like big goals to accomplish (maybe even bigger than your new year’s resolutions), but just like new year’s resolutions they’re achieved one step at a time, one day at a time, one choice at a time, one interaction at a time. You may even find that working on the tasks of Ephesians 4 to be more helpful to your life than the new year’s resolutions you picked for this year.
Will you choose one of the tasks in Ephesians 4 to work on this week?