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B Moments, comfort

How Do You Comfort Those in Need?

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Philippians 4:19 (ESV)

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Today, I am thinking about the best way to bring comfort to another.

Recently, we’ve been studying Job, a man of great character and wealth who was tested by Satan. God told Satan that he could take everything away from Job, but he couldn’t take his life. Because of this, Job lost his possessions, his children, and even his good health. Yet with all of those afflictions, he still would not curse God.

One day, Job’s three friends came to comfort him. When they visited him, they were shocked at his terrible condition. The Scriptures say they sat with him for seven days and seven nights in total silence.

Then the first friend, likely with the best intentions, started to speak. His idea of comforting Job was to give him an explanation as to why he was suffering. He told Job that he was suffering because he had sinned and that he needed to go to God to ask for forgiveness.

The second friend also spoke up and told him that he was in that situation because he had not admitted his sins. Then the third friend said that God was using Job’s suffering to mold him and to train him. While there might be a hint of truth to what Job’s friends said, their ideas were based on the wrong assumptions.

Sometimes when we want to comfort another person, we give them explanations about their lives. However, we don’t know what is really going on; only God knows. It is in these times that we just need to bring comfort in the form of a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, a good laugh, and a good prayer.

Here are some comforting words to share with a person who is in need: “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (ESV)

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So today, bring comfort the right way.

B Moments, service

You Will Be Used in God’s Service

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Isaiah 43:25 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how our prior acts don’t disqualify us.

I am wrapping up the series here about Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman. When we look at this situation, it is important to put things in the proper context. The period in which the beautiful exchange occurs was fraught with severe racial tensions, so the Samaritans and Jews didn’t socialize with each other.

Yet Jesus engages this woman in a beautiful exchange and as they’re talking, out of the blue, Jesus asked her to go and get her husband. The woman had to confess that she didn’t have a husband.

Jesus then said that she was right. The fact of the matter was that she had had five husbands and wasn’t even married to the man with whom she was living.

In that moment, I had to reflect and realize that our prior acts don’t disqualify us from being in a relationship with God and being able to be used in His service. Many times, we hold on to guilt and to the past. We judge ourselves and judge others.

Those are actually the actions that keep us from dwelling in the presence of God.

Let us close our eyes and see our excess baggage floating away. As we do this, let us remember these words: “I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” Isaiah 43:25 (ESV)

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So today, know that your past acts do not disqualify you from being in relationship with God and being used in His service.

B Moments, confront

Have the Courage to Confront Your Loved One

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Ephesians 4:15 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how avoiding confrontation isn’t always right.

I’ve talked before about using our words to speak into another’s destiny. Most often, we’ll see these words as very positive words of encouragement.

Conversely, confrontation involves using a more matter-of-fact tone which may be uncomfortable for most, but it may be the most effective way to reach a loved one who has gone astray.

This is surely the approach that the prophet Nathan used with King David.

David was someone who Nathan loved and respected, so he was certainly in David’s corner. However, when David sinned greatly, Nathan chose to call him on it.

David slept with another man’s wife, conceived a child with her, and then had that man killed. David’s actions crossed so many lines and he was so far gone, that Nathan knew the most effective recourse would be to confront David, so he did.

David responded with humility and acknowledged his wrongdoing.  In other words, he did not hold it against Nathan, which is what most of us fear.  

Personally, I am inclined to keep the peace, and resist confrontation.  Or, I will look for a situation to escalate a little more before I have the guts to confront someone.

Who do you need to confront today? Remember these words as you do: “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, that is Christ,” Ephesians 4:15 (ESV)

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So today, seek God first and if you are so led, confront the one you love.

B Moments, forgiveness

Give the Gift of Forgiveness

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Mark 11:25 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about giving the gift of forgiveness.

We’re all familiar with that common saying about how forgiveness is less about the other person and more about ourselves because until we forgive, we can’t be totally free. Yet today I’m thinking about what is possible in another person’s life once we forgive them. In other words, the transforming power that is inherent in forgiveness.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I look at the life of Mary Magdalene. We know that she had a sinful past and that she was a very afflicted woman. In Luke 8:2, we learn that Jesus cast out seven evil spirits from her.

However, he was able to look beyond her past and express forgiveness for her sins. He showed compassion for her and as a result, Mary Magdalene became a devoted follower of Christ. She was a woman who would become revered by other saints and believers. Forgiveness transformed Mary Magdalen.

Therefore, I’m asking a question: who do you need to forgive this holiday season? This time, make it less about you and do it as a gift for them. That’s just something to contemplate.

As you think about that, cling to these words: “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” Mark 11:25 (ESV)

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So today, give the gift of forgiveness to someone who really needs it.

B Moments, blind

Jesus Is the Light of the World

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: John 9:5 (ESV)

Today, I am reflecting on how Jesus is the light.

This week, I’ve been focusing on all the ways Jesus reveals himself to us. I shared that I read in the gospel of John about how he shows us he’s the king and the resurrection. I also talked about him being the shepherd. But today, I’m focusing on him being the light of the world.

Jesus told his disciples that he was the light just before he healed a blind man.

In the Scriptures, a blind man approached Jesus, and Jesus’ disciples questioned why the man was blind. They wondered if he was blind because he was being punished for his sins or the sins of his parents.

However, Jesus instructed them that the man was not blind due to sin. He was blind so that the power of God could be seen in him.

Just before Jesus reached down to mix mud and his saliva to form a paste to heal the man’s eyes, he reminded them that he was the light of the world. In other words, the man was blind for God’s purpose since God was using his blindness to shed light.

That story got me thinking about my own life, and I had to ask myself what situation I was grappling with where I needed to remind myself that God uses our dark times to shine His light. When that happens, we are able to give God the glory for our story.

The very few words I want us to cling to today are: “I am the light of the world.” John 9:5 (ESV)

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So today, remember who the light is.