”Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.”
-The Lord tells us to be holy because He is holy (1 Pet 1:16). In Gods’ nature & image we were created, Christ-like that we may leave behind all uncleanliness, fornication, covetousness, filthiness, ungodly utterances but always give thanks; for this is the will of our Father. In 1 John 3:9-10, a distinction between children of God & children of the devil is given. We are told that children of devil neither practice righteousness nor love their neighbours. Jesus became a sacrifice for us unto God for a sweet smelling aroma, we are also called to present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy & acceptable to God which is reasonable service & be renewed in the mind to follow His will (Rom 12:1-2). The decision to follow our Father as His children is more personal than corporate & He renews us daily, that we may walk in love just as He loves us with an everlasting love.
With our hearts full of humility Jesus our Savior, we ask for Your mercy. Purify us Jesus by Your precious blood from all sins, sins we have done either knowingly or unknowingly, sins in our thoughts & in our hearts, sins of our utterances & those that we have repeatedly committed, forgive us Father. Deliver us Lord from all evil, create in us clean hearts & renew Your steadfast Spirit within us. Give us the grace Jesus to enable us walk in light & truth, & to give thanks always. We thank You Abba Father for loving us Your children with an everlasting love. All glory & honor belongs to You; now & forever. Amen
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