Thank you for being a loving and forgiving God. You have made us in your image but we live in this earthly body susceptible to sin. We are so good at making excuses and convincing ourselves that we didn't know any better, when your word so clearly reveals the truth. We pray that you expose the things and people in our lives that are hindering our walk with you. Grow in us the desire to become more like you and not the world.
Lord, give us the strength to stand up to those who go against your word. Let us not falter as we go about our daily lives. Let us be your light that shines to others without being righteous, judgmental or arrogant. The Bible says that the power of life and death are in our tongues, may we be a vessel of encouragement and love instead of animosity and indifference. We are sinners, but by mercy and forgiveness your son Jesus wiped the slate clean for us. May we show others the same grace and favor that you have shown us.
"But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin." 1 John 1:7