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As leaders, we need to receive so that we can give out. Only to the extent that we have received the grace of God will we be able to share it freely. Asking for and accepting God’s forgiveness for our sins is vital to our being able to forgive those around us. Receiving life from God will overflow in life-giving relationships with others. Take time right now to rest in your relationship with God; allow Him to speak to your heart before you reengage with other people.

Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.—Luke 5:15-16

Prayer: Jesus, give me the same urgency for connection with the Father that characterized Your life. I can’t be who You’ve called me to be publicly without an ongoing, intimate relationship with You privately. Fill me up so I can freely give. I ask in Your name, amen.

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