2 Corinthians 7: 1 Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.
“Beloved, what does your God expect from you? Great deeds of power? Lengthy prayers? Long fasts? I tell you what the Lord your God expects from you is holiness. Without holiness, your prayers and fasts are meaningless. Deeds of power outside of holiness are an abomination. Seek first the kingdom of God and all these will be given to you besides. Unite yourself to me by living in my will. Turn away from sin and believe the Good News! Children strive always to grow in holiness. Empty yourselves. Die to self. Nail your own will to the cross so that you may live completely in my will. My children, I long to be one with you. Be one with me and your every breath will become a deed of power—the invincible power of love.”
Heavenly Father, send your Spirit, the very Breath of Love, into our hearts, that we might root out all that keeps us from perfect union with you. Dissolve our weakness in the ocean of your love and mercy. Make us holy, O Lord, in spite of our weakness. Here is my weakness, Lord, give me your strength. Amen.