“He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need” (Ephesians 4:28).
Old habits, born of the old Adam and encouraged by the ways of this world, are to be broken through the grace of Christ. Do not think that you do not have habits that are not pitted against the Lord’s commandments. You do. Ask the Lord to admonish you where you need to be admonished. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves. Be freed from all that would bind you to this world and live in God’s grace.
Lord, create in me a clean heart. Create in me a willingness to confess all that is in my heart. Then give me the desire to always do what is right no matter the cost. It is easier to justify sin than to confess, repent, and do things the way they need to be done. It may be easier in this world, but ultimately, it is much easier to humbly come to You, ask forgiveness, and do things as You would have me do them.
Lord Jesus, You have come to set us free from sin, death, and the devil. Guide me, O Lord, so that I may humbly walk in the way of truth. Guide me to confess all that I need to confess. Guide me to work hard and diligently in order that I may become like You. In all things, lead me where I need to be led. Help me to see through the storm clouds of this age to become what You are making of me for eternity. Amen.