Changing Our Own Hearts

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Anger, control, and projection are all tied in together. It is sometimes difficult to tell that controllers are not on the right bandwagon. They look the most righteous of all the sinners. After all, they devote their heart and soul to working on cleaning up the “world.” They object to bad music, and they refuse to patronize businesses that support immoral activities. They monitor all the foods in the house (high fiber bread, low-fat yogurt, lentil beans, rice cakes, veggie burgers) and screen the lunches and sweets. They try to get their spouses to do “righteous” activities. Yet their true heart shows up at home… they give the silent treatment or become openly agitated if they do not get their way. On the inside, the heart is ugly, and yet time has been spent on the outside of the cup, on the house, on making the family look good, and they have religiously tried to straighten up the government and the schools. But down deep, no one is happy. “The wise woman builds her house, but with her hands the foolish one tears hers down.” Proverbs 14:1

Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. I Peter 3:1

Let go of control and help others by changing your own life and by being gentle and quiet. But know what God wants. He is not legalistic, and His rules are not burdensome. There is a Holy Spirit for our own hearts, and we should not try to be someone else’s holy spirit. Let God convict others.

 

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