Daily Devotional: August 16, 2023 – 2 Corinthians 7:1

“Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God” – 2 Corinthians 7:1

Thoughts on Today’s Verse

The verse from 2 Corinthians 7:1 we read today speaks abundantly to our hearts, encouraging us to seek purity not just in our bodies, but also in our spirits.

It suggests a profound message—: the act of detaching ourselves from everything that might contaminate us, every tinge of negativity that hides within us. This reminder comes from our profound respect and unrivaled love for God, the being who bestows upon us an innumerable wealth of promises.

Our lives can easily be contaminated by actions and ideas that don’t serve our spiritual growth. We can encounter unkind words or perhaps partake in actions unbecoming. But this verse nudges us, ever-so-gently, towards a path of righteousness. It urges us to remove anything that might be a blemish on our spirit, influencing us to think and act counter to God’s teachings.

We are taught through this verse to perfect our holiness – to become more in tune with the divine, to let God’s teachings reflect in every aspect of our lives. As we work towards this goal, we are not just choosing to live cleaner, clearer lives. Rather, we are striving to show our deep love, adoration, and respect for God.

In choosing to purify ourselves, we are gradually becoming more aligned with His divine image, embracing His qualities, and making them part of our daily existence. Perfecting holiness, then, becomes less of an end goal and more of an ongoing mission to express our reverence for God.

My Prayer

Our Heavenly Father,

We come before You filled with gratitude for Your profound promises. Your love and guidance that permeate our lives are unending gifts. As we commit to purifying ourselves physically and spiritually, we earnestly seek your assistance.

Help us, Lord, to shake off anything that doesn’t honor You – improper thoughts, hurtful words, or unkind actions. As we strive to perfect our own holiness, guide us in embodying Your divine love in every facet of our lives, so that we may lessen, and eventually erase, the negativity in our spirits.

Lead us on this path, Father, so that our choices and actions always reflect our deep reverence for You. We thank You, Lord, for always guiding us. In Your holy Name, we pray.

Amen.

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