Jesus, I Want to Love You Part 2

Day 1 of 6 • This day’s reading

Read Matthew 5:21-22 and 1 Peter 3:3-6.


What gets to you? Or should I say who? Is there someone or something that continues to churn in your stomach? How do you respond when someone has sinned or when someone continues to hurt you or do wrong to you? How we respond in any given situation has a lot to do with who we are serving.

We want to be godly in all of our relationships, even in those difficult relationships with people who are slow to change. For instance, when your spouse doesn’t seem to love you or take a genuine interest in you, when he puts down one too many beers too many nights of the week, or when she continues to focus on the next thing she needs for the house. Or, when your friend seems to always be disappointed, and nothing you do seems to ever be good enough. Maybe the difficult relationship is with your mother, mother-in-law, or a very challenging 2-year-old. What do you do? How do you forgive seventy times seven, really?

Do you believe that God can enable and empower you to be strong, wise, and faithful so that you can have a gentle and quiet spirit, no matter what comes your way (1 Peter 3:3-6)? No matter what your husband does or how many times he does it? No matter who wrongs you or how tired you are or how many times your buttons are pushed? No matter what your children are thinking or doing? No matter what your neighbor does—or the church?

We all deal with anger. As Christians, the terrain is challenging. But cling to your Lord! This week we will walk forward with our ears and hearts wide open to allow Him to have His way in our hearts.


Lord, I praise you. You are God and I am not. I want your righteousness! (Ps. 4:3-5)


Confess with a repentant and contrite heart. (Deut. 32:39, Jer. 17:14)

Lord, I admit that I . . .


Thank you, Lord, for your compassion and for the riches and blessing you have given. (1 Chr. 16:8, 34-35)


Lord, give me your heart. Please grant me your patience and forbearance moment by moment. (Col. 3:12-17)