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“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge” (2 Peter 1:5)

It is enough to seek to do what is pleasing to the Lord.  You do this not to gain, but because you have already gained and it is pleasing to the One who first loved you.  Do not be led by the way of this world, which is in constant competition between good and evil, but by the way of the cross in which you surrender all to the Lord.  Know that He who called you will give you goodness and through that goodness, will come knowledge and strength to stand firm.

Lord, in the confusion of this world I get caught up in the competition with which this world always seems to be engaged.  Guide me in the way of the cross in order that I would cease the competition and simply live as one who loves You and my neighbor.  Guide me, Lord, in Your way of life, that through Your grace, I would humbly live by the faith You have given me.  In You alone is the way of  true life.

Lord, You have come to set me free from the bondage of death that sin brings.  Guide me, dear Lord, to live according to Your goodness and mercy.  Help me to live in Your goodness and to be graceful and merciful to all whom I meet.  Lead me according to all that You shared with Your disciples so that I may apply the principles You have taught us and live according to them.  Lead me, my Savior, through all of my days.  Amen.