Devotion for Thursday after Lent 2

And though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look.

Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth.
~ 1 Peter 1:8-17

We are to be holy as God is holy. We can’t do that in our own power, for our flesh is weak and of a sinful nature. We must fix our hope on God’s grace to lead us and mold us into the people He wants us to be. He washes us with the Blood of the Lamb and sanctifies us. We are not worthy, but His grace makes us worthy.

Thank You, Lord, that the Holy Spirit working in me purifies me and sanctifies me. In my own power, I am sinful and impure, but You make me clean; You make me holy. May I always turn my heart and will to You. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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