Gift: Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe) – With the gift of wonder and awe (fear of the lord), we are aware of the glory and majesty of God. A person with wonder and awe knows that God is the perfection of all we desire: perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, perfect power, and perfect love.
Reading: Jesus answered them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.A slave does not remain in a household forever, but a son*always remains.So if a son frees you, then you will truly be free. I know that you are descendants of Abraham. But you are trying to kill me, because my word has no room among you. * I tell you what I have seen in the Father’s presence; then do what you have heard from the Father.” (John 8:34-38)
Observation: It is this reading this morning that tells me that God has provided the means to avoid sin. I need only lean on the grace of God to save me, and I will know that it will save me. The truth is that I will always be a slave to sin, so I better remember what happens when I forget to be a slave to God as well. It is not a conscience act of the will that allows me to be a slave to sin, but it is a conscience act of the will to be a slave to God.
Personification: Faithfulness In order to display the fruit of faithfulness in my life, I must make a deliberate decision to obey the will of God in my life. If I act as if God is going to do it for me, I will fall prey to my sinfulness. Exactly what that looks like is explained by Saint Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians, I think….Pray without ceasing! (2 Thessalonians 5:17)
Prayer: Lord, strengthen your servant to follow your will more closely and supply me with the grace necessary to resist temptation. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen.