Following the pattern

Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me—a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. 2 Tim. 1:13

Our repeated thought patterns, habitual behavior, and the desires that motivate them create patterns in our lives. Belief in Christ does not make us immune from falling into patterns driven by fear, anger, or greed. Following His pattern helps redirect our natural patterns in a more spiritually wholesome direction.

Lord, show me how to be motivated by Your love instead of my fears and desires and how to think and act from that motivation.