"Almighty, eternal, just and merciful God, grant us the desire to do
only what pleases you, and the strength to do only what you command.
Cleanse our souls, enlighten our minds, and inflame our hearts with
your Holy Spirit, that we may follow in the footsteps of your beloved
Son, Jesus Christ." ~ St. Francis of
Follow in His steps. He never sinned, and he never deceived
anyone. He did not retaliate when he was insulted. When he suffered, he
did not threaten to get even. He left His case in the hands of God, who
always judges fairly.
Let us strip off every weight that slows us down. Especially the sin
that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the
race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on
Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish.
Think about all he endured when sinful people did such terrible things
to him, so that you don't become weary and give up. He was willing to
die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be
his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside
God's throne in heaven.
Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about
things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that
are excellent and worthy of praise. Always be joyful. Keep on praying.
No matter what happens, always be thankful for this is God's
will for you.
Written by the Apostles Peter and Paul
as inspired by Abba Father,
1 Peter 2:21-23, Hebrews 12: 1-3,
Philippians 4:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:16 (NLT)
Midi: "Our God Reigns"
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