Marcy S., age 51, North Carolina

Lord Jesus, I want my life today to bring joy to You. Help me not to grieve Your Holy Spirit or displease You in any way.

I’m reading The Renewed Mind by Larry Christenson and have just discovered the answer to a years-old question: if I were consistently more loving and responsive to Warren, would he stop drinking? This is what “the old landlord,” Satan, has been telling me for years and I see now that it is the whip of the law — “You have to be more loving!” Christ Jesus is the end of the law so I will start telling the old landlord, “Take that to Jesus. Whatever good is to be worked in me will come through His Spirit, not through the law.” I can’t make myself more loving, only Christ’s spirit can do that. I turn to Jesus in praise and adoration.