This week will be a mixture of different topics. Only 10 more days left of the FEAST.
F=Fast from withdrawing from people to avoid rejection. Sometimes people withdraw to somehow “pay” someone back for their behavior. Instead of withdrawing choose to work things out.
E=Encourage someone you feel like withdrawing from.
A=Admit any jealousy/envy in your heart
S=(Scripture) Proverbs 14:30; Ecc. 4:4; James 3:13-18
T=Thank God for His blessings to you
A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body;
jealousy is like cancer in the bones. (Proverbs 14:30; New Living Translation)
I realized the reason people work hard and try to succeed: They are jealous of each other. This, too, is useless, like chasing the wind. (Ecc. 4:4; New Century Version)
Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. Mean-spirited ambition isn’t wisdom. Boasting that you are wise isn’t wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn’t wisdom. It’s the furthest thing from wisdom—it’s animal cunning, devilish conniving. Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats. Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor. (James 3:13-18; Message Bible)
A worship song by Casting Crowns called “Lifesong”;