The Upper Room Devotional

The Upper Room Devotional 16th October 2022 Sunday

The Upper Room Devotional 16th October 2022 Sunday

The Upper Room Devotional 16th October 2022 Sunday

Welcome to The Upper Room Daily Devotional for Sunday 16 October 2022, written by Ana María Sierra Olivares. May the Lord bless you as you study!


Topic: On the Mend
Ana María Sierra Olivares (Bogotá, Colombia)

Philippians 4:10-14

God’s unconditional love can heal my wounded heart and spirit.

What I mean is that we can mutually encourage each other while I am with you. We can be encouraged by the faithfulness we find in each other, both your faithfulness and mine. – Romans 1:12 (CEB)

I was a happy and friendly child, but my attention deficit disorder caused challenges with my schoolwork and in relationships with my schoolmates and teachers. For many years I was bullied, and I was weighed down with a great sense of frustration and rejection. But expressions of concern from a handful of teachers and friends meant so much to me, and my mother, a person of strong faith, always supported me.

When I started high school, the interactions with my schoolmates seemed to get worse — to the point that I wanted to retaliate for the bad experiences I suffered. But even more, I wanted to heal the broken pieces of my life. I knew a little about God from my early years, but at this stage in my life I began to seek God in earnest. I joined the church youth group. My process of healing began when I met those wonderful people who truly reflected the love of Christ and guided and inspired me to learn more about him and his teachings.

Today, I am a university student and a proud Christian. My wounded heart is on the mend, and I am learning the importance of forgiveness as I continue my faith journey to discern God’s will for my life.

Merciful God, thank you for loving us and for Jesus’ example of forgiveness. Give us courage to stand up for those who suffer abuse and discrimination, knowing that we can do this through Christ who gives us strength. Amen.

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The Upper Room Devotional 16th October 2022 Sunday

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