You must understand this, that in the last days distressing times will come. For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, brutes, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the outward form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid them!
2 Timothy 3: 1-5
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.
Philippians 3: 10-12
One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
and one whose temper is controlled than one who captures a city.
Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.
Romans 12: 9-10
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.
Romans 8: 1-4
I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.
But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.
“I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!”
If you confess your sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive your sins.
Pray this prayer of confession today:
Forgive me my sins, O Lord.
Forgive me the sins of my youth and the sins of my age,
The sins of my soul and the sins of my body,
My secret and my whispering sins,
My presumptuous and my careless sins,
The sins I have done to please myself,
The sins I have done to please others.
Forgive me the sins that I know
And the sins that I do not know.
Please forgive me, O Lord.