Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. (I Corinthians 13:4-5 NLT)
There is a constant battle within to do my will rather than Yours. I want to go my way, fulfill my dreams, and do it all on my timeline. But it’s a battle because I sincerely want to seek Your will and fulfill Your calling and purpose. Please help me put self aside and remain focused with a full heart of obedience to serve You and put others’ needs before mine. And help me to trust that Your ways hold blessing beyond what I could ever accomplish for myself.
I am so thankful and relieved that ungodly things I did years ago, or even as recent as yesterday, are forgiven – You don’t hold them over my head. They are wiped away and forgotten. This is a concept that’s hard to fully grasp, because I do the opposite – I often keep records of how others have wronged me. Help me to forgive and look forward, not backward. Help me to extend the same grace to others that You extend to me.
In the power of Jesus I pray. Amen.