"Respond Instead of React" July 7, 2022

Thursday, July 7th

Take5 Devotional today written by Pastor Steve Day

Respond Instead of React


Live in harmony with one another.

Romans 12:16a


Sometimes it’s hard not to react when we don’t like something!  When I’m focused on what I want, I fail to see what the other person needs.  Jesus responded instead of reacting! All through the Gospels, we see how Jesus responded to many different situations and brought glory to God. He listened to the ten lepers, rather than being irritated that they were interrupting His conversation (Luke 17:12-19). He took the time to speak with the woman who touched the hem of His garment, instead of chastising her for lacking appropriate boundaries (Matthew 9:20).

Like anything else, we get better at compassion when we practice. As we take the time to care about those around us the way Jesus did, we’ll become less reactive and more responsive; less judgmental and more compassionate; less like us, and more like Jesus.

Read Romans 12:9-21. What does a Godly response look like?

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