“With malice toward none, with charity toward all.” - President Abraham Lincoln (2nd Inaugural Address)
In addition to the standard daily G.P.S. scripture reading and reflection, Pastor Burkey invites us to start each day this week reading the “I” paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7:
"I am patient, I am kind, I do not envy, I do not boast, I am not proud. I do not dishonor others, I am not self-seeking, I am not easily angered, I keep no record of wrongs. I do not delight in evil but rejoice with the truth. I always protect, always trust, always hope, always persevere."
Day 1: Read Mark 3:25. Where have you sensed a “house divided” in your life? How do you believe Jesus can heal the division and unite that “house”?
Day 2: Read 1 Timothy 2:1-2. From now until the end of the year we are praying for God to raise up Christlike servant leaders in godly character and godly principles. Paul reminds us today of the need to pray for all leaders to lead wisely among us. Today take time to pray for all leaders to know Jesus so that we live peaceful and quiet lives.
Day 3: Read: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. What do you learn about love in these verses? How about when you use the Jesus paraphrase? Or the “I” paraphrase each day?
Day 4: Read Ephesians 4:29. How are you doing with the “talk” that comes out of your mouth? Where do you need to ask for forgiveness? Where do you need to pray to use “helpful” words? When are such helpful words easy or hard?
Day 5: Read Matthew 5:43-45. Where is a relationship strained in your life? How can you pray for God to bless that person today??
Day 6: Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. As you have read the “I” paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13, what do you sense God saying to you? How has love become more challenging? Easier? Drawn you closer to God?
“Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray.” - President Abraham Lincoln (2nd Inaugural Address)
Recent additional GO DEEPER reading opportunities:
- “Lead Like It Matters to God: Values Driven Leadership in a Success-Driven World“ by Richard Stearns (Amazon Kindle)
- “Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural“ by Ronald C. White Jr. (Amazon Kindle) (YouTube Video)
- “Excellence Wins: A No-Nonsense Guide to Becoming the Best in a World of Compromise” by Horst Schulze (Amazon Kindle)