Waging War

One of the awesome attributes of God is that He is perfect in every way; unable to sin and loves us too much to allow us to stay there.  Thankfully, He is also a loving and patient Father, whom prods and reveals our sin to us in His timing.  He will never leave nor forsake us.  NEVER.  He wants us to believe that in every area of life, marriage, parenting, career changes, disagreements, in our joy, and in our sorrow.  God will not give up on His children.

 Our motives for improvement from sin began in that moment when God allowed us to realize the unthinkable amount of suffering that our savior chose to go through to save us.  What pain, humiliation, long suffering, and heart ache He went through for something we deserved and He did not!  Oh how He loves us!  Of course His death and resurrection would lead the desire in His children to turn from sin when the awareness of what it caused first pierces through our hearts.  If only our hearts would remain in this.
As Roman 7:15-24 begins to describe the waging war going on inside of Paul, it is something all of His children can relate to.  If the apostle of Christ Jesus experienced this kind of turmoil, what does that say about us?  The creator of the entire world and everything in it, chose this man with this kind of agitation to minister to His Bride.  That is an amazing relief when we look at our own lives in knowing that we’re not alone in this war.  We strive and desire to be who God calls us to be and yet we catch ourselves at times doing what we don’t want to do, just like Paul.  God still wants our lives to reflect Jesus’ character and our hearts should want that too.
God chose the imperfect Paul to minister to us, so why oh why do we demand such perfection from one another and why are we surprised with each others’ struggles?

Speaking of imperfection, as a mother of four, I am surrounded by it all day every day… in myself, in each of my children, in other Moms and their children and especially in our interactions with each other.  We can so quickly judge each other.

If we could just remember Ephesians 6:12.  “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
This verse is a great reminder that we Mothers should be lifting each other up in this fallen world and realize who it is that we’re actually fighting against. Getting in the habit of comparing parenting styles, personalities in our children, whether we are at home or working mothers, only distracts us from our goal to live Christ like.
My prayer for all moms is that we would remember Paul’s waging war inside him and to not be too offended when others go through this as well, because we all do at times.  Let’s be encouraging to one another and quick to love and slow to judge.
I’m new to this whole blogging thing, so please exuse any errors. 

  ijiu b
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