Daily Hope Devotional

  • Focus on Reconciliation, not Resolution

    “There is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5 NIV) When you have conflict in your life, focus on reconciliation, not resolution. There’s a big difference in those two words. Reconciliation means re-establishing the relationship. Resolution means resolving every issue.

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  • Fix the Problem, Not the Blame

    “You must also rid yourself of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.” (Colossians 3:8 NIV) You only have a certain amount of emotional energy. In a conversation where you’re trying to resolve conflict, you can either use that energy to fix the blame or you can use that energy to fix the problem. You don’t have enough energy to do both. So you’ve got to ask yourself what’s more important, to blame the other person or to resolve the conflict. Fix the problem, not the blame.

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  • Courageous People Resolve Conflict

    “God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but a spirit of power, love, and self discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7 NLT) Why does God want us to live at peace with everyone? Because unresolved conflict has three devastating effects in your life.

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  • How Can We Love Difficult People?

    “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18 NIV) One of the most important skills we can develop as we walk with Christ is to love difficult people.

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  • Do You Need a Heart Transplant?

    “The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that.” (Proverbs 29:25 MSG) If you’re going to get control of anger in your life, you must base your identity on Jesus, understanding that he loves you unconditionally, that you are his, that you are valuable, and that he has a purpose and plan for your life.

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  • Anger Yields Anger, Wisdom Yields Patience

    “A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” (Proverbs 19:11 NIV) Hurt people hurt people. When someone hurts you, it’s because they’ve been hurt. Unkind people have never felt kindness. Unloving people feel unloved. When someone is rude, bitter, unkind, sarcastic, mean spirited, or arrogant, they are shouting with all of their behaviors, “I am in pain! I need massive doses of love! I do not feel secure!”

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  • Before You Retaliate, Calculate the Cost

    People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.” (Proverbs 14:29 NLT) You’re less likely to get angry when somebody’s pushing your buttons if you realize there’s always a price for returning anger for anger.

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  • Help Each Other with Your Faith

    In authentic Christian fellowship, people should experience a mutual dependency. This mutuality is the art of giving and receiving; it’s depending on each other.

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  • Wise People Consider Other People’s Feelings

    “The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” (James 3:17 NIV) Two of the biggest mistakes we make in relationships are when we react to what people say and not how they feel — or when we invalidate someone else’s feelings because we don’t feel that way ourselves.

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  • Three Ways to Stay in Conflict

    “Any fool can start arguments; the honorable thing is to stay out of them.” (Proverbs 20:3 TEV) Wise people are peacemakers, not troublemakers. Wise people don’t carry a chip on their shoulder. They’re not always looking for a fight, and they don’t intentionally antagonize other people.

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  • Faith, Not Feelings, Pleases God

    “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” (Job 1:21 NIV) When you are a baby Christian, God gives you a lot of confirming emotions and often answers the most immature, self-centered prayers — so you’ll know he exists. But as you grow in faith, he will wean you of these dependencies.

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  • Settle Your Destiny

    “For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.” (Hebrews 2:14-15 NLT) One of the things Jesus came to Earth to do is take away your fear of death. How? By dying on the cross and being resurrected to show that there is life after death. The Bible says in Hebrews 2:14-15, “For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying” (NLT).

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  • Small, Thoughtful Gestures Make a Big Difference

    “Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.” (1 Thessalonians 5:14 NLT) When you’re ministering to a friend who is dying, you should give your physical presence to your friend but also give practical assistance. What does that mean? It means you do whatever needs done to help your friend, and you also help in small but practical ways.

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  • To Comfort the Dying, First Conquer Your Fears

    “No one can live forever; all will die. No one can escape the power of the grave.” (Psalm 89:48 NLT) Before you can help anybody who is facing death, you’ve got to deal with the fears in your own life.

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  • Budgeting: Know Where You Stand Financially

    “Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts.” (Proverbs 24:3 LB) One of the most important steps to financial freedom is making a list of all that you own, all that you owe, and all that you earn. This is called keeping good records! It’s the principle of accounting.

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  • Put God First in Your Finances Through Tithing

    “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33 NIV) One of the best known and most successful business leaders of Southern California once told me, “Rick, you need to tell people the best time to start tithing is when they’re in debt. That’s when they need the most help.”

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  • How Do You Strengthen Your Friends’ Faith?

    “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:13 NASB) A divorce or any other major crisis in your life will shake your faith. But it is your faith and your trust in Christ that’s going to get you through it. David, after suffering great loss, including the loss of a child, wrote in Psalm 27:13, “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living” (NASB). He would have given up if he hadn’t believed in the goodness of God.

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  • For God’s Miracle, Open the Eyes of Your Heart

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  • Jesus Comes to You in Your Storm

    “About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water.” (Mark 6:48b NLT) In Mark 6, Jesus went off by himself to pray and sent the disciples ahead of him to Bethsaida. It wasn’t a long trip by boat, but they were blown off course by a storm, and when Jesus saw them struggling against the wind in the middle of the lake, he came to their aid.

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  • Your Friends Need You To Share Their Pain

    “Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down.” (Romans 12:15 MSG) The interesting thing about pain and joy is that whenever you share a joy, it gets doubled. But it’s the opposite with pain. When you share a pain, it’s halved. When your friends are going through a crisis, they need you to help carry the load and lessen the pain.

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