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“Do good, O Lord, to those who are good and to those who are upright in their hearts.  But as for those who turn aside to their crooked ways, the Lord will lead them away with the doers of iniquity.  Peace be upon Israel.”  (Psalm 125:4-5)

We may think sometimes that the grace of Jesus covers all of our sins.  Yes it does, and no, it does not.  If we think of it only as an outward salve to heal us, that it will do; but the virus of sin will continue eating away at us.  If we take grace within, we will see that it will attack the virus and slowly the goodness of God will grow in us.  The new heart is an upright heart that begins the true healing.

Lord, let me not be simply comforted by Your Gospel, but help me to be healed by Your Gospel.  Lead me ever deeper into the truth of the grace You have given me.  Take it ever deeper into my soul that I would grow in grace and live into the life to which You have called me.  Help me to not resist Your grace, but accept through hearty repentance and true faith every direction in which You may lead me.

Lord Jesus, You have come that we might have a new life.  Help me to not stop with the outward application, but take deep within me the truths of the changed mind and heart You will create in me.  Eradicate the virus of sin that I would become ever more holy in preparation for the perfect and holy life You will give at this life’s end.  Lead me, O Lord, to where I need to go.  Amen.