Gift: Piety (Reverence) – With the gift of reverence, sometimes called piety, we have a deep sense of respect for God and the Church. A person with reverence recognizes our total reliance on God and comes before God with humility, trust, and love.
Reading: For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God* that you have through the imposition of my hands.For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord,* nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.* He saved us and called us to a holy life, not according to our works but according to his own design and the grace bestowed on us in Christ Jesus before time began,but now made manifest through the appearance of our savior Christ Jesus, who destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,for which I was appointed preacher and apostle and teacher.* On this account I am suffering these things; but I am not ashamed, for I know him in whom I have believed and am confident that he is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day. (2 Timothy 1:6-12)
Observation: I wrote out an entry for my journal this morning, it disappeared as I tried to post it. The title was saved, but the body of the entry was erased, as if I never wrote anything. I must have said something that was either going to get me in to trouble or was not written for building up the kingdom of God. As I write this journal entry this evening, I do not know if what I am writing will be worthy to be posted, but I can be sure that God is working on me, so that I will understand more fully what his Word is revealing to me.
Personification: Self-Control It is only through the grace of God that I can display the fruit of self-control. When I rely on my understanding and knowledge, along with my will and selfish desires, I can never hope to display the fruit of self-control. However, once I realize that God has created me for so much more than my own desires, I start to see the power and love that controls my will and directs me to follow His will for my life.
Prayer: Lord, I want to make myself into the man who you created me to be, by complying with your will in my life. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen.