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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 26, 2019

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TUESDAY, November 26

1 Peter 1:13,15 Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed. Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct.

Without denying the abundance of God’s grace or God’s ability to act independently of human will or human behavior, English clergyman Martin Thornton contends that our growth in the life of grace is something we can take responsibility for through persistent, repeated practice.

Peter, very likely writing to newly baptized Christian believers, tells them to become proficient through practice. And to what end? To the end of becoming holy, as God is holy.

Why should we desire holiness, which can strike some as stodgy and unappealing? But holiness is exactly what we’re made for—it’s how we share in the life of God and fulfill our destiny as human beings. To be sure, holiness is a gift of grace, but we can be disciplined in making ourselves open to embracing it.

MOVING FORWARD: What spiritual action needs some practice in your life? Prayer? Worship? Service?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Sapele (Nigeria) and East Kerala (South India)

Ps [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127] Nahum 1:1-13 | 1 Peter 1:13-25 | Matthew 19:13-22



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