For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:11-14 NIV)
Prayer: LORD, sometimes the urges of my human nature feel impossible to refuse. Help me remember that whether I feel like it or not, I have a choice; I am not a helpless victim of circumstance. I want Your voice to override the voice of my natural drives; I want to live surrendered to You. When I fail, help me not wallow in condemnation but trust Your forgiveness and mercy. Thank You for Your patience with me as I grow and become stronger and more mature in our relationship. In Jesus’ name, Amen.