Sometimes the most difficult place to live out our Christianity is in our own homes. I’m smiling as I write this because so many families are in the thick of being cooped up together at home. With children at home the noise volume goes up, the amount of food to be prepped goes up, dishes to be washed, laundry to be done, cleaning to take place, etc. . . etc. . . . And. . . (sarcasm is dripping). . . . we all know that family members are always so willing to pitch in and help out with these tasks! 🙂
So just be ready, you’re sanctification is being, and will be tested by the “stay at home” order. And don’t fall into despair because you see areas in your life and character that need work. Just remember that you have a Savior, Who died for your sins, and gives you daily grace. He forgives you. Remind yourself that as believers, we’ve been declared righteous, and we have access into His grace and mercy (Romans 5:1-5; 8:1).
You may remember the old adage, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop?” So, yes, we are not unaware that when we have time on our hands, that’s when the “nasties” in our hearts tend to rise to the surface. Things like discontentment, moodiness, arguing, peevishness (look it up, it’s in the dictionary, and you’ve got the time!), selfishness, the idol of control, impatience.
But just know, that the Holy Spirit gives us power to replace:
Complaining with thankfulness.
Slander with helpful speech.
Gossip with loving speech.
Discontentment with acceptance.
Panic with trust.
The idol of control with the joy of acceptance.
Confusion with order.
Arguing with peace.
Cursing with blessing.
Aggression with meekness.
Anger with patience.
Lustful indulgence with self-control.
Fear of being alone with joyful awareness of the presence of Christ.
Being out of control with being Spirit controlled (Gal. 5:16-26).
Do not despair, we have a strong and mighty Jesus Who loves us, and gave Himself for us!
“May the Lord be praised! Day after day He bears our burdens; God is our salvation (Psalm 68:19- HCSB).”
Grace & Peace,