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“Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls, full of the seven last plagues, came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb” (Revelation 21:9).

Seven is the Hebrew number for spiritual perfection.  The purpose of the plagues is to bring about repentance.  We must never forget that the Lord desires that none would perish.  The objective is to bring about repentance, first in us, then if we can influence them, in others.  We are to repent and be thankful that our Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

Lord, does the journey truly begin with repentance?  Regardless, help me to repent where repentance is needed.  Help me turn from going the wrong direction so that I may move in the right direction.  You are the author and finisher of the faith of all the faithful.  Lead me and us always so that we may walk the narrow way of salvation.

Lord Jesus, You began Your earthy ministry with the baptism of repentance.  You, who did not need it, underwent immersion for our sake.  Guide me to where I need to repent and then help me repent.  Lead me such that where I need to move, I move.  In all things, O Lord, help me so that I can walk this life of faith that You have given me by grace.  Our Father, lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil.  Lead me until I am complete even as You are complete.  Amen.