“Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21).
In this simple phrase, there is nothing the faithful can disagree with, but everything in the world the wicked hate. To set aside is to give up. To set aside is to acknowledge that God is not just your co-pilot. To set aside is to truly live the first commandment and see that God is above all other things in your life. To set wickedness aside is to repent and be saved by receiving His grace. Set these things aside and look to the Lord to save you from your sin.
I want to think that I am okay the way I am. But I am haughty and full of pride. Lead me, Lord, away from this state of wickedness and into the life to which You have called me to live in grace. There is filthiness in me. There is an attitude that needs to be removed. Remove it. Lord, even in saying this, I am telling You what to do. Do in me what You know needs to be done. You are my Lord and Savior.
Lord Jesus, save me from myself. I am a wretched, conceited, anxious, angry ball of whatever that does not know how to give up my sins. Guide me, Lord, the way You know I need to be going. Lead me, Lord, the way You know I need to be led. You have promised to save me. Save me from myself and whatever else You deem necessary. Help me to not argue with You or Your Word, but instead learn to humbly submit to You, my Lord and Master. Amen.