One of the passages I will never lack the need of reading.
In thinking about the relationships surrounding us, in what ways have we yielded to the sins in verse 31? Contrariness, how do we need to repent of those sins and work to apply obedience to verse 32?
Are we actively trying to follow God? Or do we just hope that our life will somehow be like Him without putting any effort there? If we're hardly thinking about following God, are we satisfied there? Or are we making changes so that we can better follow God?
"And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?" Genesis 50:19
Joseph refused to condemn his brothers or use his position of leadership to make his brothers "pay." He didn't have an exalted view of himself, but understood his place under God.
So what about when we refuse to forgive, or desire harsh condemnation on someone else? Is this, in a way, wishing we were in the place of God instead of turning over all righteous judgment to Him?
Something that is grown must be cultivated, if it is to be healthy. Taking that idea to spiritual growth, how are we cultivating grace in our lives? Are we cultivating our knowledge of Jesus Christ? And finally, for what goal? So we can check off the list that we are "better Christians"--or so that God is glorified?
What verses have stood out to you in your Bible reading this week?