A Daily Devotion for Wednesday, October 20
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 Saviour, 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.
Self-control is not something you hear much about- not even in church. I think self-control is that next step in our transformation, beyond knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is finding the line between relaxation and laziness, ambition and greed, celebration and gluttony. In these verses I am reminded it is not enough to avoid sin. “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.”
Father God, help me to be pure and always ready to do your work. Help me to show self-control when I might be derailed. I owe everything to you. Amen