I’m just a sinner saved by grace.
News flash. I am flawed. Sorry, but so are you. I am redeemed, bought and paid for, and changed from who I used to be. Personal holiness is something I strive for but something I will not attain until I am new in the kingdom:
Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality…
I Corinthians 15:51-54
So how come we expect each other to be perfect? Instead of looking for the growth in one another and the steps toward holiness, we are honed in on the negative, the area that God is still working on. Maybe THAT’S our area God is still working on.
Hey, like I said, I’m flawed. I don’t have this down. It is always easier to see the negative than the positive. And I’m not saying there aren’t times we need to point out those negatives for the spiritual growth of a fellow sister in Christ. Maybe they don’t know their behavior is speech is displeasing to the Lord. We can love them through it. Sometimes, they do know their behavior is displeasing but they either 1) aren’t truly saved or 2) have bigger fish to fry in putting off their old self before they get to that sin.
Ah, if only it were all so simple. Wait. Maybe it is. Immersing ourselves in the Word of God is a good place to start. Personal prayer time is another. Sitting under good biblical teaching is another. Spending time in fellowship with other believers is another. Being able to accept accountability is another. Personal worship on a daily basis is another.
Remember those two greatest commandments? ”And He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “
If we can follow these two commandments all the others are taken care of. Hard? Yep. I struggle every day. Worth it? Oh yeah. And it isn’t murder, stealing, or coveting my neighbor’s husband I struggle with. It’s hanging up the phone when I want to listen or tell something I shouldn’t. It’s responding to my kids in a firm but loving tone rather than the sarcastic sweetness I so often choose. It’s giving grace to my husband who put his clothes in the wrong laundry basket. Again. It’s not rolling my eyes when my husband suggests something ridiculous. It’s not making a sarcastic comment to my daughter about her messy room. It’s not complaining to someone…about someone else. Phew. How do I make it through a day without being on my knees 17 hours (thankful 7 hours are spent sleeping!)?
His mercies are new every morning! Praise the Lord! So if I blow it today, I can start fresh tomorrow. And tomorrow. And tomorrow.
Happy Monday! Now go out there and bless someone!