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“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you” (Colossians 3:12-13).

Listen to this once again, “Put on.”  This speaks of our need to first put these things on.  Of course you do not have it to begin with.  What you do have does need to grow and mature. Put on these things of holiness so that You may be led ever deeper into the faith.  Love others by acting as if you do.  Care for another as if you actually do.  This is the process that Lord has given us to do these things.

Lord, grant that I would have the fortitude to step out in faith and actually put into practice what You are telling me to do.  Guide me in Your goodness to see that in You alone is the hope I need to accomplish the challenges that You put before me.  Guide me, O Lord, in the way of life so that I would live the life You give me.  Help me to become like You in order that my journey in faith may be made complete.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for giving me the grace and mercy to accomplish what I can in this faith You have given me.  Guide me, Lord, so that I may now and always live in the way which You have established.  Thank You for the mercy You give me when I do not live this way.  In all things, strengthen me that I may finish the course You have set before me in faith.  Amen.