Living right each day is a basic challenge of Christian life; we often wonder where the strength for obedience will come from. All people have weaknesses they must guard against, and the struggle can be fierce. But as a believer, you have a new heart—one designed to reach for good things. Yet it takes effort to live according to those desires. That is, we must “lay aside the old self [and] ... put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness” (Eph. 4:22; Eph. 4:24). Then, the closer you draw to Jesus, the more you’ll want to be like Him. As you read this month’s devotions, imagine gazing at Him in all His perfection. Allow hunger for His righteousness to fill you. That’s a desire He has promised to satisfy (Matt. 5:6).
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