This is how I S.O.A.P. - Matthew 1

Before we take off, I would like to give you a little insight into understanding the S.O.A.P. method used in my devotionals. Each post will give you a chapter or passage of scriptures to read. From each reading I have chosen a scripture or group of scriptures to focus intently on by using S.O.A.P.

The S (Scripture) portion will be the scripture or group of scriptures to focus on. O (Observation) gives us the opportunity to observe what is taking place in the particular scriptures. I love to use my Study Bible and other resources to gain a better understanding of what was taking place during the time the text was written. The A (Application) allows for time to reflect on ways to apply the scriptures to our personal lives. Lastly, P (Prayer) is a time for praying over the revelations God has given through this dedicated quiet time. My hope is that you use these devotionals as a jumping off point for your personal relationship with Jesus. I encourage you to open up your Bible, read the passages of scripture referenced each week, and ask God to give you an area of focus to inspire your own S.O.A.P. journal!

This first devotion is different from most of the others you will read on Mom Matters Most. While reading Matthew Chapter 1, the Lord led me to read and study the Lord's Prayer in Matthew Chapter 6.

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Read: Matthew 1 and Matthew 6:9-15

S.O.A.P. Focus: Matthew 6:14

(Scripture. Observation. Application. Prayer)

S (Scripture) – “If you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

O (Observation) – Jesus spoke this from the sermon on the mount. Jesus is telling us the importance of forgiveness. We must give forgiveness to everyone who has sinned against us in order to receive forgiveness from our Father in heaven.

A (Application) – I can apply this to my life by choosing to forgive those who hurt and sin against me. Remember, my battle is not against flesh and blood but against the enemy. The enemy wants us to remain in a state of unforgiveness as it produces more sins and sinful mindsets. It leads to anger, bitterness, resentment, etc. When I have been sinned against, let me stop and feel the weight of the hurt so I can move forward in forgiveness and healing.

P (Prayer) – Dear Father, please help me to move forward in forgiveness. Free me from resentment and bitterness. Help me to reflect when I’ve been sinned against so I can fully forgive and heal from the hurt against me. Reveal to me the hurt I’ve caused others and show me where to ask the forgiveness of others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!