Devotion for Thursday, March 10, 2022

“[H]eartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:3-4)

To have these attributes is to have the leisure and opportunity to have them.  Only in the last century has such a thing been possible.  We live in an age where so much is expected by so many who do so little.  What this means we will find out, but that the Lord knows all things and shares them is evident in these verses.  Look to the Lord and be faithful as He is faithful.  Be guided by His goodness and mercy.

Lord, You know all things and You know what is needed.  Guide me, Lord of life, in the way of truth so that I would forever be led by You and  do those things which are right and fitting.  Where I reflect the sinful world, slay my sins by rebuking them.  Where I think only of myself, bring me consider others.  Help me see where I am not living into the image of Christ in order that I may become a witness in a world filled with unrepentant sinners.

Lord Jesus, for sinners such as me, amidst all my selfishness, You have come so that we may have life in You.  Lead me away from my hard-hearted selfishness.  Guide me to speak only what is true.  Teach me self-control and gentleness.  Help me learn how to love my neighbor and to be content with my situation.  Teach me to be like You in all things, my Savior.  Amen.