Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Day 18

Do you ever stop and ask yourself a question like..."what would my life look like if________?" At dinner, Steve and I were talking with our engaged son and fiance about marriage. They told us that in the marriage book they are reading, the author says to never criticize your mate. Quite often I am lead by my Shepherd to Ephesians 4:29-30:

"Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who listen. And do not bring sorrow to God's Holy Spirit by the way you live. 
Remember, He has identified you as His own."

Can you imagine living in this identity? How would the power of this truth change the way I think? The way I speak? And the way I feel about those around me? What if criticism was not an option--- period? This is the deep work that takes place as we quiet ourselves in the Presence of God and allow His Spirit to transform our souls. God would not give us this instruction if He didn't intend to equip us to obey Him. Isn't that amazing? How would our marriages, our friendships, our workplaces, our churches, our families look different IF we lived out this verse in obedience to Christ? Are you brave enough, in silence, to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the ways is which you are grieving Him? Will you sit still and listen for the answer? Then, will you resolve to obey Him? Jesus said in so doing we will experience full joy, the very opposite of sorrow! dear Lord Jesus, help me to remember I am yours and You want me to experience Your joy and to not bring sorrow upon You. Help me Lord to live in a way that makes your spirit glad and my soul joyful.


  1. Thanks for your word of challenge today Grace. For me, it is pride that rears it's ugly head and causes me to be critical. Who am I to be prideful when I consider my sinful state compared to His holiness? When I am able to incorporate humility into my life and esteem others better than myself then I think I will see less criticism. May it begin in me today, dear Lord!

  2. Very good word this morning Grace, much to meditate on.

  3. You are right Myra, it is pride at the core. That is what the Spirit needs to weed out daily! Thanks for your encouragement Kris. I love that you are walking so closely.

  4. Wow Grace. This is a mighty challenge. Thank you for leading us in this process. I am being stretched and feeling so encouraged at the same time. Thank you.