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For Saturday May 13, 2023

2 Peter 3:18
Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

There are two words we should say less and less as we grow in the Lord: “I’m sorry.” Or, if you prefer, “Forgive me.” Those are vital words when we need them—and we need them frequently, for James 3:2 tells us, “We all stumble in many things.” But how much better to avoid the offense before it’s committed. How much better to grow in grace.

Psalm 139 offers a prayer for God to search us and know our hearts, to try us and know our ways. “See if there is any wicked way in me,” pleads the psalmist, “and lead me in the way everlasting” (verse 24).

When we get a good night’s sleep (“He gives His beloved sleep”—Psalm 127:2) and we begin the day with the Lord (“In the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out . . . and . . . prayed”—Mark 1:35), we’re less likely to stumble during the day. And as we progress in Christ, we’re more likely to grow in wisdom, love, graciousness, and maturity.

May the Lord help us to say “Praise the Lord!” more often and “I’m sorry” much less.

He who loves the Savior desires to grow in the knowledge of him; he cannot read
or hear too much or too often concerning his great Redeemer.


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David Jeremiah, Turning Points with God: 365 Daily Devotions (Tyndale, 2014)
Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, NKJV © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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