Observation: I am hearing this morning that if I can refrain from evil that my life would be pleasing to the Lord. If, by the grace of God, I can avoid injustice, I can atone for my past sins. Although, I have taken the second verse out of context, it is still within the same paragraph, so I am assuming it still applies to this same thought process. If I can refrain from evil and give up all that I have hung on to in this world, I can count on the grace coming to me sevenfold.
Personification: Patience I don’t believe I have focused on displaying the fruit of patience in my life very well lately. I would hope that I could see the amount of patience that our Heavenly Father has had with me and act with the same fruit of patience to wait on the Lord to receive the grace that will come as a result of my repentance and my refraining from evil.
Prayer: Lord, help me to have a repentant heart that always turns to you in times of struggle. I want to be reminded that I am a sinner, so that I will not allow myself to get caught up with evil and always avoid injustice. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner. I ask these things, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit. Amen.
- Law or Grace? (ptl2010.wordpress.com)
- Thoughts on Repentance (thefaithaccordingtothedivines.wordpress.com)
- All You Need Is Love (rulingtheday.wordpress.com)
Gift: Fortitude (Courage) – With the gift of courage, we overcome our fear and are willing to take risk as a follower of Jesus. A person with courage is willing to stand up for what is right in the sight of God, even if it means accepting rejection, verbal abuse, or even physical harm and death.