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 Christ. 1 Thess. 5:23
Gracious Father, it’s a source of incredible comfort to know you’re tenaciously at work making us like Jesus. You’ve promised to bring to completion the good work you began in us (Phil. 1:6). “Whew…” we let out a big redemptive, “Whew!”
We’d despair if this weren’t the case; for the disparity between Jesus’ beauty and our wholeness is immense. The thoughts we think, the things we feel, the choices we make demonstrate how much we need the Gospel every hour or every day.
As the God of peace (not irritation, disappointment, or impatience), you’re making us wholly holy—wholly healthy, free, and Christlike. You’re “sanctifying” every part of our being—spirit, soul, and body. A gazillion times, thank you.
We will be blameless and shameless at Jesus’ second coming, because of the perfection of his first coming. Even now, our lives are hidden safely in Jesus—who you’ve made our “righteousness, holiness, and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:31; Col. 3:4).
Father, as this gift of a new week unfolds, free us to rest in your love, and surrender to your Spirit. There’s so much going on in our world and hearts. We want to live wholly yours—in thought, word, and deed. Grant us quick repentances, Gospel-joy, and as much of your peace as we can possibly contain. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ kind and powerful name.