The theme for today’s Joyce Meyer daily devotional December 4 2023 is ”No More Hate”
SCRIPTURE: So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me….— Ecclesiastes 2:17 (NIV)
We can learn an important lesson about the words from today’s scripture. The writer says that he “hated life.” Have you ever heard anyone say that? Have you ever felt that way? To hear that someone hates life is very sad.
Though the phrase I hate is common, it is one we would be wise to eliminate from our speech. Hate is a strong word and a destructive force. Remember, words are powerful. To hate something fills us with negativity toward that thing, and the negativity can easily seep into our thoughts and words, poisoning other situations as well.
We all face problems and encounter circumstances we do not like. They may be merely unpleasant, or they may be terribly unjust or even tragic. Our negative feelings toward these things may cause us to say, “I hate this!” But by God’s grace, we can endure them, and we may even learn valuable lessons from them.
When you face a challenging situation or simply have a bad day, resist saying “I hate.” Instead, remind yourself to think and say by faith that you can do all things through Christ, who gives you strength (Philippians 4:13); that God’s grace is sufficient for you (2 Corinthians 12:9); and that you are more than a conqueror through Christ because He loves you (Romans 8:37).
Prayer of the Day: Father, help me to face challenges in Your strength and with a positive attitude. In Jesus’ name, amen.