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“But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth” (James 3:14).

One wonders how often this kind of thing happens.  There are those who do seem to behave this way in the church.  But that is speculation.  What then?  Take these things to heart lest they well up in your heart and then what has not been dealt with comes out of your mouth.  We all have issues, and some are repressed.  Confess, confess, and confess and let these things out so that the Lord may truly give you a clean heart.

Lord, I do not know all the places in my heart which have been affected over my lifetime, but there are things that have happened which cause me to act and react in certain ways.  Lead me Lord to the place where I can let these things go and live as You would have me live.  Guide me, Lord, in the right direction and help me to move toward the place where I truly am acting like Christ.

Lord and Savior Jesus, You know where I need to go today.  You know what I am able to face and those things that You will work on in me.  Lead me in gentleness so that I would not do evil, but instead be guided by You and the goodness of Your grace.  Help me to see that only in You, Lord, is there hope and a future.  Let me walk willingly with You this day as You lead me in the direction I need to go.  Amen.