He Asked | Part 2

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S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Today’s devotion is about attitudes. Are you more affected by other people’s attitudes, or are other people more affected by your attitudes?

Jesus continued his prayer for his disciples: “I have revealed you to the ones you gave me from this world. They were always yours. You gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything I have is a gift from you, for I have passed on to them the message you gave me. They accepted it and know that I came from you, and they believe you sent me.

“My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory. Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are. During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me. I guarded them so that not one was lost, except the one headed for destruction, as the Scriptures foretold.

“Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do. Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.” John 17:6–19 NLT

Based on Jesus’ prayer, what is his attitude like? Is he prideful/arrogant/egotistical? Full of humility? How should that shape your attitude?

Jesus said this about the disciples God gave him: “they bring me glory.” What does that mean? Do YOU bring Jesus glory?

Jesus’ purpose in telling the disciples many things was “so they would be filled with my joy.” This joy would give them the strength through the trials they would face to keep their eyes on Jesus. What rhythms have you established in your life to help you focus on Jesus so you can be filled with Jesus’ joy?

Lord, I sometimes struggle to have a joyful attitude, and it affects me and the people around me. Fill me with your joy so that I can be a positive force for good in my relationships!