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Inherit a Blessing

1 Peter 3    Jeremiah 35-36    Psalm 136

Once you have read the day’s texts, I invite you to further reflect upon a portion of these scriptures following the “lectio divina” pattern we have been using from time to time. May God work within your soul during this time of quiet listening. Amen.

“Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called – that you might inherit a blessing.”
— 1 Peter 3:8,9

“O give thanks to the God of heaven,
for his steadfast love endures forever.”
— Psalm 136:26

Listen. Hear God Speaking. Prayerfully read 1 Peter 3:8,9 and Psalm 136:26 three times, each time answering these questions:
What?  (What word or phrase strikes me most in the texts at this moment?)
So What?  (What is going on in my life that is influencing my hearing?)
Now What? (What is God encouraging me to be and do in my circumstance now?)
As this time of listening draws to a close, give yourself over to God in prayer. Allow the prayer of Samuel to guide you: “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:9-10).

Share The Word. What spoke to you in these scriptures? How is God’s faithfulness blessing you now? What work of blessing is God calling you into as a response to the word? Consider sharing with someone today any insights gained . . .

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
God’s mercies never come to an end.
They are new every morning,
new every morning.
Great is thy faithfulness, O Lord,
great is thy faithfulness.”

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