Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:1-2 NASB1995
Father, I we are not capable of doing this on our own. We surrender, our bitterness to you. Take it from us, and help us to keep our eyes on the example you have set for us. May we be like Jesus, who was hated by many, including us. May those who hate, have their eyes opened, just as ours were. Give us the eyes of Jesus to see clearly.
Father, may we all, who profess your name, be telling a lost world, the Good News, that our souls were bought with a price, that we can never repay, by Jesus perfect life, his giving of himself for us, out of perfect love, that we might be rescued from ourselves, to a new life in him. Your word never returns empty, and YOUR LOVE NEVER FAILS.
How awesome, that we have a God who instructs us, walks with us, speaks to us through his word, and loves us, in spite of our failures.