Scripture Reading: Romans 14:19
Let us continue with our lessons on growing wonderful traits that make us God’s favourites and instruments of change to the whole world:
Purity: “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.” (1 Timothy 4:12) “Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.” (1 Peter 2:11)Jesus, may I run to You and away from temptation in the midst of this crooked and perverse generation.
Responsibility: The responsibility of Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest is the oil for the light and the fragrant incense and the continual grain offering and the anointing oil – the responsibility of all the tabernacle and of all that is in it, with the sanctuary and its furnishings.” (Numbers 4:16) Grant me O God, the grace to be a responsible steward.
Courage: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) Lord, you are with me always so I may be strong and courageous.
Servanthood: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45) Grant me the needed graces to serve You and my neighbour so that I can be pleasing to You always.
Contentment: “But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.” (1 Timothy 6:6) “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” (Philippians 4:11) Lord, grant me the grace to be content in all circumstance that come my way.
Endurance: “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1) “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result …” (James 1:2-4) Father, may I run with endurance the race You have set before me, in the name of Jesus my Lord.
Hos 14:1-9; Ps 51:3-4.8-9.12-13.14.17(R.17b); Accl Jn 16:13a; 14:26d; Gosp Mt 10:16-23 WEEKDAY St Henry, Mm. (Opt Mem)
- Heavenly Father, You are a God who is holy and righteous and good; and Your desire is that we become holy and good like You. Help us to remember that holiness means both to be morally pure like You, as well as to be called out or separate from others. May my life reflect a character that is separate from this world as I seek to be a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a people belonging to You. (1 Peter 2:9)
Exercise: Study Galatians 5:22-26