It’s so easy, especially this month, as our world so lavishly, every-where-you-turn, celebrates sin to think, “I’m in the world but not of it” (John 17:15).
But it’s so easy, for the evil ways of this world to get into us and for our sins to become acceptable and unnoticed. By us!
Let’s not forget, the evil one is a great deceiver.
He’s continually after our destruction and if he can get us to become complacent about our own sin (because we only compare ourselves to others in this crazy world and not to Christ), he knows he gains ground.
So let’s ask God to help us be wise to this. Let’s ask Him to help us compare ourselves to biblical standards and not worldly standards and show us our own sin!
And let’s get ready, because our Heavenly Father loves us, is for us and will answer this prayer.
For instance—Have you noticed how cool it is for women to put down their husbands and make them the butt of their jokes? It seems every movie and television show promotes this behavior.
But you know, this behavior isn’t limited to our crazy world. It’s crept in to our churches, and small groups, and Women’s Bible studies.
Just the other day, I shook my head as I thought about this. Until…..Until God began to show me just how often I cross the line with my own sweet husband.
Sometimes, my jokes are disrespectful or embarrass him. Sometimes, my words flow so quickly I share things that should not be shared.
It was not fun to notice these things about myself. I’m still noticing them as I write!
But God, because He loves me, and is for me and for my marriage, answered my prayer to show me my own sin in this area.
And this is no small thing! For I’m called to love and honor my husband. From this loving and honoring, we are blessed and so are our families.
Mothers -we have a tremendous ability to help our kids honor their fathers and listen to their counsel as we carefully watch how we treat our husbands in front of them. (Even with our adult children).
Let’s guard our tongues. Let’s praise our husbands in front of our kids. Let’s be careful not to disagree with our husbands decisions in the presence our kids —especially when the disagreement involves our kids. (Have those disagreements in private)
Our kids will pit us against each other if we don’t present a united front. And now, more than ever, in this hard world, Christian parents need to present a strong, united front.
Oh friends, this world is hard. We have an enemy, but we have a precious abiding Father who can keep us from the evil one. Let’s ask Him to show us our sin and sanctify us with His truth. His Word is that truth! (John 17:15-17)
“Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it. (Prov 4:23)
“An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.” (Prov 31:10-12)
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things”. (1 Cor 13:4-7)