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“Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind” (1 Peter 2:1).

This simple sentence is enough work for two lifetimes.  The wicked one will stir you in the opposite direction wherever your weakness is.  When you are free of these things – completely free – then you will be close to perfect.  We all struggle with the self and the Lord wants to move us beyond the self that we might truly be free in Him.  Come then and walk in His promise and have true hope.

Lord, You know where I struggle.  You know where I hide and do not confess my sins in those places where I am in bondage.  Lead me to the place where I can see these things and then go to work on them.  You have given me all the grace I need; now help me do all that is needed knowing that You do all the hard work.  Guide me, Lord, in the way of everlasting life so that I may work at this with all my heart.

Lord Jesus, You went to the grave and rose again for the sake of us all.  We are called forth in You not to be as we were, but to become as we shall be.  Lead me, O Lord, in order that I may now and forever be guided in Your goodness and mercy to pursue these things with all my heart.  Take away the wickedness that remains and fill me with humility and willingness to serve You always.  Amen.

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