“For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another” (Titus 3:3).
How sad that there are so many that live this kind of life. Even in the church, masked as good church folk, there are those who live so foolishly. Do not live as they do. We were once that way, but now you have been given the grace of Christ and new life in Him. Live knowing that what is before you is peace in eternity with Him. Be guided by His goodness and mercy.
Lord I do get caught up in these ways of the world. Help me live into the new life which is mine in You. Guide me away from the disobedient hatred of those full of the meaningless passion of resentment. Help me look to You so that I may overcome these things. Help me now and always that I may learn to see You as the example, follow Your lead and do as Your Word instructs. Move me from hatred to love, Lord.
Dear Lord Jesus, Your encounter with the wicked of this world is something I cannot even fathom. How You were able to walk about loving those who hated You is beyond my understanding. Guide me, Lord, so that I would look to You and not to those who hate and are filled with wickedness. Lead me through the difficulties I face in order that I may not live with these traits in me anymore. Teach me how to love, Lord. Amen.