NOTE TO SELF: Many of us can get caught in Satan’s trap of religion. Even though we know scripture up and down, forward and backwards, we use it against others instead of for the good of others. The devil’s wicked spirit of religion can burn into us, where all we do is live by rules and rituals, pounding scriptures angrily at people, while forgetting that Christ desires a real, honest love that will last. None of that other stuff truly matters if there isn’t love behind our motives.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, please break this spirit of religion in our lives that keeps us from a deep and lasting love with You. Help us to seek love and not meaningless religious rituals. Teach us Your loving ways so we won’t use religion as a means to justify our destructive behaviors towards others. Guide us to a love with You that truly lasts. Amen.
JOURNAL: Write down ways that you may be “religious” and how it could be detrimental not only to non-believers, but to your relationship with Christ. Reread what you wrote, and now journal ways that you can exchange those behaviors for something more meaningful and loving.