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Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ1 Thess. 5:23

Gracious Father, this Scripture is so encouraging. I find great comfort today in remembering your tenacious commitment to change us—to make each of your children increasingly like Jesus. From beginning to end, salvation is of the Lord. Hallelujah! You began the good work of salvation in us, and you alone are sufficient to complete it.

I’d despair if this wasn’t the case, for the disparity between Jesus’ beauty and my brokenness is overwhelming at times. The thoughts I think; the things I feel; the choices I make, fall very short of the perfection that can only be found in Jesus. I could never be my own savior, and only a great Savior like Jesus is sufficient for someone like me.

As “the God of peace,” you are making me wholly holy—changing me through and through. You’re healing and freeing every part of my being—spirit, soul, and body—from the effects and affects of sin. You’re not anxious about the process. You’re at peace, even when I’m not. You don’t roll your eyes, furrow your brow, clear your throat, or show any signs of a nervous twitch when you think about me. O kind Father, you rest in your love toward me in Jesus.

Lord Jesus, I will be wholly blameless and shameless at your second coming, only because you took our blame and shame upon the cross. Even now, my life is safely hidden in you, and when you do return, I will appear with you in glory; for you are my life—my righteousness, holiness, and redemption (1 Cor. 1:31; Col. 3:4). I boast in you plus nothing, for I have nothing in myself in which to boast. My hope is built on nothing less, nothing more, and nothing other, than your blood and righteousness.

By faith, I actively trust in the righteousness I have passively received in you, Lord Jesus; and I gladly surrender to the ongoing ministry of the Holy Spirit—by whom I’m sealed, with whom I’m indwelt, and through whom I will be safely delivered into your presence. I long for the Day, finally, when I will be as loving and lovely as you are. So very I pray, with peace and joy, in your faithful and kind name.

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Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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