***Choose to Live by His Rules - Saturday's Dose - 7th March 2015

Saturday's Dose - 7th March 2015

Choose to Live by His Rules

Today's Scripture

“Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor” - (Proverbs 18:12).

Thoughts for Today

If we desire to have true integrity of heart, we must not be shy about checking our motives with regularity. No matter how much we love God and desire to serve Him, we must be on guard against selfish ambitions that creep into our hearts on occasion.

We have the tendency to compare our own journey with the journeys of others—and when it does not look like we are getting a fair shake; we begin to plot and to scheme. Whenever our selfish ambitions begin to take over, we say things and do things that grieve God's heart. Instead of acting lovingly, we act selfishly. Our goal slowly switches from serving God to serving ourselves. If we are not careful, our purpose in life will become to fulfill our wants, regardless of the cost.

This scenario arises in many different facets of life. In relationships, in work environments, in churches, in families; we begin to seek to satisfy ourselves rather than serve others. When we detect this attitude in our lives, we can ask ourselves some questions to shed light on our hearts. Are my actions revengeful? Is my heart covetous and ambitious? Am I impatient with God's timing?

Loving others begins to squelch such attitudes. Instead of trying to exact our revenge, we begin to show mercy and love. The ambitions in our hearts begin to fade as we turn our focus back to our loving Savior. James reminds us: "Mercy triumphs over judgment!" (James 2:13).

Playing with integrity means we choose to live God's way over our own—matching our actions with His intentions. We choose to live by His rules, which include putting others before ourselves.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, place in me an attitude that puts others ahead of me. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Saturday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team