Friday, September 27th


“Submit as free people, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but as God’s slaves.”       1 Peter 2:16 

O God, It’s easy for me to use your grace and your forgiveness as an excuse to do whatever I want.  I can talk how I want because you’ll forgive me.  I can do what I want because you’ll forgive me.  There’s always more grace, I think to myself.  But God, that’s sinful thinking.  That’s wicked thinking.  Your grace is not an excuse for evil, for sin, for anything outside of your will.  Your always new and never-ending forgiveness is never an excuse for me to do what I want.  Lord God, keep me from using your grace as an excuse.  Instead, let your grace and your daily forgiveness drive and compel me to live for you.  This is your day, help me to live in it as your child and your redeemed slave.  Amen.