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“And masters, do the same things to them, and give up threatening, knowing that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him” (Ephesians 9).

Think about how much coercion is used in our world, that and intimidation.  It does no good.  Win another over, be it one above or below your position, through love.  Do not lord it over others; but serve as our Lord has served us.  We are not to show partiality, nor use force, but to love as we would need to be loved if it were us in the position of the other who is our neighbor.

Lord, You have brought me thus far to where I am, yet I know there is much more distance that needs to be covered.  Guide me, Lord, in the way of truth so that I would hold fast to what You are telling me and apply this to the core of my being.  Help me learn to serve others no matter who they are as I would want to be served if it were me in their place.  Guide me this day, Lord, in the way I need to go.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your help and guidance.  Through You alone am I able to do anything.  Only in You can I learn to love as You love.  Lead me this day to do what needs to be done and to be guided by Your principles.  Help me overcome the wiles of the wicked one and love as You love.  Help me today to put into practice what You have taught me that I may love all You bring my way.  Amen.