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FRIDAY, MARCH 6

...by confessing to each other

‘Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.' James 5:16 (NIV)

The purpose of confession is not disgrace, but grace.

When the Bible uses the word ‘confess', it literally means ‘to say the same'. When we confess, we are saying the same about our sin that God says. It means we acknowledge and take responsibility for our sin. We confess because of a repentant heart that desires to obey and please God, not merely because we got caught doing something wrong.

So to whom do we confess? Do we confess to Jesus or to people? The answer is ‘yes' -
the Bible teaches we should confess to both. The Apostle John wrote, ‘But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong' (1 John 1:9 NLT). Scripture is clear that only Christ can forgive our sins and that as Christians we can go to Him any time, any place and He will forgive us.

Question to Consider
If God is speaking to you about a hidden area of your life that needs to be confessed, what are you going to do about it?

Prayer Point
Pray that God will help you to ‘confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed'.

 

These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 5

...by giving honour to each other

‘Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honouring each other.' Romans 12:10 (NLT)

If you've ever known someone you didn't like, then you can understand how I struggle with honouring certain people. If you know people who annoy you or make you angry, you can sympathise with the difficulty I face when I read a verse like the one above and force myself to honour those who I'd rather avoid.

When I read this verse, I wish it was referring only to those people that I like to be around. However, the apostle Paul, who wrote this verse, meant that we need to include everybody in our efforts to love and honour others with genuine affection.

Paul doesn't say just to honour each other; he says to take delight when we do it. When I consistently care for those who I am angry with, or who don't fit in with my group of friends, I grow more like Christ. You also grow spiritually when you honour those you love.

Question to Consider
In what ways and situations do you need to be less important or in a weaker position than someone else?

Prayer Point
Pray that God will help you to include everybody in your efforts to love and honour others with genuine affection.

 

These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.

Posted by King's Church London at 6:00 AM

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4

...by warning each other

‘You must warn each other every day, as long as it is called ‘today', so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.' Hebrews 3:13

People will have two predictable reactions to the words ‘warn each other'. Some will run from them because they don't want to confront others. Other people will read this verse as a license to bring judgment down on anyone who makes a mistake.

The word ‘warn', however, should be looked at as an act of love. When a parent warns a child not to touch a hot stove (like my Dad did for me), it's an act of love to prevent hurt. Unfortunately in my case, I needed to find out for myself what happens when you place your hand flat on a hot burner.

When we warn people, we are expressing that we care enough about them to reveal danger in their lives. When you warn others because you care about them, you don't need to be confrontational or judgmental. Oftentimes you'll warn a person and then watch as they make a tragic mistake. When you preserve your relationship by the way you warn, you can be a source of healing when they are ready to turn back to God.

Question to Consider
We wouldn't hesitate to stop a friend from stepping into traffic - why are you hesitant to stop a friend from stepping into sin?

Prayer Point
Pray that God will help you always to be a source of healing to others.

 

These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.

Posted by King's Church London at 6:00 AM

TUESDAY, MARCH 3

...by teaching each other

‘Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use His words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.' Colossians 3:16 (NLT)

To understand how we grow by teaching each other, we need to first back up a few verses to Colossians 2:20-23. To paraphrase what Paul wrote, when we only follow the moral code of the world (hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil) we show only bodily discipline, but we don't have victory over our thoughts and temptations.

Fast-forward to the verse for today (Colossians 3:16) and we see a recipe for overcoming our sinful nature. When we turn away from the world's way to choose God's way and spend time reading the Bible, we discover that the promise in the second part of this verse is true...that we will become wise. With this promise, however, comes a command: ‘Use His words to teach and counsel each other.' Paul ends this verse with a command to worship God through singing to Him with thankful hearts

Question to Consider
What are some lessons God has taught you recently that you can share with others in your group?

Prayer Point
Pray that God will help you to turn away from the world's way, choose God's way and spend time reading the Bible.

 

These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.

Posted by King's Church London at 6:00 AM

MONDAY, MARCH 2

...by encouraging each other

‘Encourage one another and build each other up.' 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

‘Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.' This vicious lie is impossible to believe, for we have all been wounded deeply by something said to us.

Our words can also have a powerfully positive effect on people. We can help people tremendously with just a few thoughtful words. A kind word at the right moment can make all the difference in their world.

It is easier to be negative and critical. When we speak like this, we often push others down just to lift ourselves up. Insecurity and selfishness combine to result in poisonous, destructive words. This is natural for all of us, but as members of God's community who are filled with the Holy Spirit, we can speak differently.

Question to Consider
How can you become a more consistent source of encouragement to those around you?

Prayer Point
Pray that as a Spirit-filled person, God will help you to offer a kind word at the right moment and make a difference in someone's life.

 

These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.

Posted by King's Church London at 6:00 AM

SUNDAY, MARCH 1

...by being examples to each other

‘Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you.' Philippians 3:17 (NIV)

According to Philippians 3:17, Paul was a really great guy, but isn't it prideful for him to tell us to follow HIS example? Isn't the church's answer to just ‘follow Jesus'? Paul also says ‘Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ' (1 Corinthians 11:1). We are called to follow other people who follow Jesus.

Sometimes it's easy to fall into the trap of thinking we don't need other Christians. This simply isn't true. We need to overcome our pride and learn from other great Christians. As growing believers, we don't have to be perfect examples - you can learn from someone who is flawed, and none of us is going to be perfect this side of heaven anyhow. Our responsibility is to strive to be more like Jesus.

Consider these challenges as they relate to your life: Who are you learning from and who are you leading? What should you be learning and how should you be leading?

Question to consider
Who will I look to as models and mentors for my spiritual growth? Who am I willing to be an example to?

Prayer Point
Pray that you will be more like Jesus and you will have the opportunity to be an example to others.

 

These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.

 

Posted by King's Church London at 6:00 AM

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