SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- In this chapter we are reminded to be humble. It’s better for people to speak highly of you than for you to and others disagree.
- Verse 16 and 17 warn us not to wear out our welcome with friends. When we’re having a good time it’s easy to take the hospitality of our hosts to mean we should stay longer. However, just like with sweet food, our company could be nice to have but too much will make you nauseous.
- Verses 21 and 22 tell us to do good, even to our enemies.
- We shouldn’t seek our own honor or praise. If you deserve it, others will give it to you.
- Doing good to our enemies may seem counterintuitive, but this is a great way to practice living out the grace God offers us. We show them grace not because they need it, but because we need it for our own progress.
- Today's reading doesn't emphasize a list of tasks -- it's about character traits. We need to constantly look for new ways to mold our lives around God.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Is there someone you're upset with? Today, find a way to show kindness to them. Not because they need it, but because you need it.
- If you look back over the last week of your life, have you tried more to live "by the rules," or have you tried more to model your character around God? Ask him today to make your character more like his.