Thank You, Lord, that You love me like no other.
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“Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” (v 1 NIV)
“…dear friends, let’s make a clean break with everything that defiles or distracts us, both within and without. Let’s make our entire lives fit and holy temples for the worship of God.” (v 1 MSG)
You’ve said elsewhere in Your Word, Lord, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matt 5:8 NIV) Help me to purify my heart and mind. Guide me in choosing what I let my mind consume and dwell on. Guard my heart, leading me away from setting my affections on things of this world rather than on You. Cause all my longings to be only for You, for Your attention, Your love, and Your presence. You supply so many good things in my life. Keep me from becoming more attached to them than I am to You – that subtle form of idolatry, or setting people or things in the place reserved for only You, Lord. Purify me. Make this temple a holy place in which You dwell.
“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done…” (7:10-11 NIV)
“…You let the distress bring you to God, not drive you from Him. The result was all gain, no loss. Distress that drives us to God does that. It turns us around. It gets us back in the way of salvation. We never regret that kind of pain. But those who let distress drive them away from God are full of regrets, end up on a deathbed of regrets. And now, isn’t it wonderful all the ways in which this distress has goaded you closer to God? You’re more ALIVE, more CONCERNED, more SENSITIVE, more REVERENT, more HUMAN, more PASSIONATE, more RESPONSIBLE. Looked at from any angle, you’ve come out of this with PURITY OF HEART.” (7:10-11 MSG)
Thank You, Father, for Your Spirit within me who works to convict me in those times when I stray from Your will. His conviction can soften my heart, making me pliable, bringing a repentant mindset and a return to seeking Your will above my own. Daily do whatever YOU know it takes to keep my heart set on You. Keep making me just like Jesus. Amen.