Day 15

Day 15

Scripture: Proverbs 3:3-4 NLT “Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation.”

Observation: God is telling us to bind kindness and loyalty deep into our hearts. Tie them around your neck each day like a necklace, as a reminder of how we should treat one another. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation.

Application: We all deal with difficult people every day. It can be hard to show love and kindness to those who are unpleasant to us. I, personally, have tried to avoid those types of people, but God calls us to show mercy, love, and kindness. Being obedient to God’s Word leads to spiritual growth.

When I started my new job four years ago, I had a coworker who made my work days tough. She did not work well with me and, for some reason, I was not her cup of tea. I dreaded coming into work each day knowing that I had to deal with such a negative person. I started to become resentful towards her and I realized that was not what God had intended for me. I started to pray for her specifically during my drive to work each day. This was my reminder, tying on my necklace of kindness each morning. I prayed that God would not only soften her heart but mine as well. Through prayer, God led me to a place where I was able to see past her negativity and realize that she is also a child of God, and she is worthy of love too. This is still a work in progress for some of us, and that’s okay. 

Keep praying and watch God work deep within your heart. Confess to God any resentments or anger that you might struggle with. Ask him to soften your heart so that you are able to show kindness to others and pray for those that have been unpleasant towards you. Finally, everything we do and say should honor God, both in private and in public. This is one example where good reputation comes in. Make the kind of choices that lead to good reputations. Let’s tie our necklace of kindness and loyalty each day as a reminder of God’s command: Love one another!

Prayer: God, thank you for your love and faithfulness. I pray that you remind us to show love and kindness to everyone. I pray that you continue to work in my heart and that I can let go of any resentments that might be holding me back. I want to glorify you in everything that I do and say. God, I know that obedience leads to blessings and I want to be blessed. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Going Deeper

  • Spend time in fellowship with God in worship, prayer, and/or Bible reading. By doing so, you will become more like him. 
  • “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” (Philippians 4:6 NLT)

Adalis Cruz/Pastoral Care & Code Red J-Teamer, Evening Program Class of 2022

Adalis has been coming to The Journey for seven years along with her husband, Joel, and her two children. She enjoys spending time with her family. Adalis is passionately involved in the recovery community.


11 Comments
  • Barbara Harrington
    Posted at 05:25h, 07 February Reply

    Thank you for your devotion ❤️

  • Stacey Winns
    Posted at 08:12h, 07 February Reply

    Thank you

  • Theresa Messina
    Posted at 08:47h, 07 February Reply

    Thank you as I need this reminder.

  • Karen Williams
    Posted at 08:57h, 07 February Reply

    Being kind to others that are not is soooo hard to do. Thank you for this reminder that God wants us to spread his love to everyone… even those that are not kind.

  • Sally Kuntz
    Posted at 09:40h, 07 February Reply

    Thank you for sharing your journey in this aspect of life. I have worked with people who have hated me for my faith in God, my abilities in my jobs, the number of hours of work I’ve gotten, etc., even though I was always kind to them. By praying for them, God let me see the hurt in their lives, and I was able to focus my prayers for them even more. He grows us as He ministers to others through us.

  • Sarah Kuntz
    Posted at 09:41h, 07 February Reply

    Thank you for sharing your journey in this aspect of life. I have worked with people who have hated me for my faith in God, my abilities in my jobs, the number of hours of work I’ve gotten, etc., even though I was always kind to them. By praying for them, God let me see the hurt in their lives, and I was able to focus my prayers for them even more. He grows us as He ministers to others through us.

  • Alfred R Ceaser
    Posted at 11:05h, 07 February Reply

    Thank you Adelis. Your devotional was a good reminder for me. God bless you!

  • Penny McKenney
    Posted at 13:28h, 07 February Reply

    One thing is I was raised we treat others as we want to be treated, of course didn’t always come back the same, but negative energy just continues to feed off negative energy, Love has always been contagious just like a smile, or a lovely comment. It’s a daily choice for us all just like it’s a choice if we’re going to put the right foot in the right shoe when putting them on everyday. And with the pandemic still among us people nerves and spirts are more frazzled I believe then before. Beautiful post. ❤️ Thanks Adelis

  • Penny McKenney
    Posted at 13:28h, 07 February Reply

    One thing is I was raised we treat others as we want to be treated, of course didn’t always come back the same, but negative energy just continues to feed off negative energy, Love has always been contagious just like a smile, or a lovely comment. It’s a daily choice for us all just like it’s a choice if we’re going to put the right foot in the right shoe when putting them on everyday. And with the pandemic still among us people nerves and spirts are more frazzled I believe then before. Beautiful post. ❤️

  • Marie J Harkins
    Posted at 19:45h, 07 February Reply

    Would like to catch up

  • Court Neil
    Posted at 21:10h, 10 February Reply

    Thanks, Adalis!!! Great reminder to be kind always. And to pray!!!

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