“Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” Ephesians 4:23
O Lord, grant me daily repentance and a tender feeling of my sins, that by the power of Your death the old man may be crucified, and by the power of Your resurrection, the new man may rise up and grow in grace, being filled and refreshed with the fruits of Your Spirit. Let me ever be earnest and look upon every day as the very first and the very last — that with each I may, as it were, begin anew to work out my salvation with fear and trembling, and so be always prepared for death and eternity. Give me grace to surmount all difficulties and to avoid everything that may prove a torment to my conscience in the hour of death. And as there is no standing still, I humbly beseech You to stir me up daily and hourly more and more, that I may make all haste and “give all diligence to make [my] calling and election sure.” Spirit of God, let me daily experience Your divine operations, Your renewing influences, for I shall never be renewed in the spirit of my mind apart from Your presence, power, and work! You have begun a good work in me; O carry it on and complete it in the day of Christ! You have given me the desire to be like Jesus; now gratify that desire and grant that as He is, so I may be in this world.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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