11and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
There's an area that cuts through Makati City in the Philippines that is home to the densest concentration of emerging startups and financiers in the country.
You will say these are very small sins; and doubtless, like all young tempters, you are anxious to be able to report spectacular wickedness. But do remember, the only thing that matters is the extent to which you separate the man from the Enemy. It does not matter how small the sins are, provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing. Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick. Indeed, the safest road to hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.
C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters.
Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?
The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others;
who despises a vile person
but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
and does not change their mind;
who lends money to the poor without interest;
who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things will never be shaken. – Psalm 15
Lord, help me in my despair. Let my mouth shout praise. Let my heart give glory and honor to your name… even when it hurts. I need your grace all the more today. Thank you Lord. Let your joy abound in my heart today. You are good all the time.
What was the one experience that completely changed your life? What happened? How did it change your life?
To answer, it’s by God’s grace. It’s when Jesus died for my sins (past, present, and future). It’s when Jesus touched my sinful heart to see His light. Little by little molding me and shaping me.
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. – Psalm 19:14
Many times the outpouring of my heart (and eventually my mouth) are vile and I catch myself with thoughts that are sinful – even evil. Lord, I need your sanctifying grace. Wash me whiter than snow. Lord, here is my heart. Make it pure O Lord. I love to see you.