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“Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8).

A crown is that which is given you.  No king ever deserved to be king, they were crowned king.  We are given the righteousness of Christ by His merit.  Live under the yolk of gentle Christ, for He gives His righteousness to those who believe.  Know that in Him is all hope and an eternal future.  Be guided in the goodness of Christ our Savior to walk humbly and joyfully in His salvation.

Lord teach me to love You and to look forward to Your glorious appearing.  Guide me in all goodness so that I would forever be in Your arms of love.  You have granted these things by Your merit and called us all into the righteousness that You give by grace.  Help me never to lose sight of the goodness You have given me by faith.  Keep my eyes looking to You always.

Lord Jesus, You have come into this world with the invitation that as many as believe would not perish but have everlasting life.  Guide me, O Lord, in the way of truth in order that I would look forward in love to the crown of righteousness which You will give to all who love the Father.  Guide me in this upward way today and every day so that I might live into this life You are giving me.  Be with me now and always beloved Lord.  Amen.