Keepers of The Home
When I was a young bride, I remember hearing the term “kitchen sink” at a Bible study. This was in regards to how a women often fights her battles with her husband, by bringing up all the fights and wrongs he has committed in the past. This of course is extremely unfair and can be deadly to any marriage if not kept in check.
Today as I glanced over in bed at my husband who was reading his bible, I saw that he had Jeremiah 31:34 written on a sticky note and stuck to the page he was reading.
“…for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
As I thought about God and how He forgives us, I was challenged to do the same for all who are in need of my forgiveness. The Bible clearly teaches us that to the measure we are towards others, God will be to us. If we are harsh and unforgiving, he will be the same towards us. If we are merciful and gracious, then He will meet us with those same attributes-
“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.“ (Matthew 6:14-15, KJV)
Think about that. Aren’t you glad to know that the Lord Himself makes it a point not only to forgive you, but to actually remember your sin no more? Have you ever thought back to a memory and shuddered at your own foolishness? I know I have, and I don’t want to be defined by my past. I want others to see me as I am today, even if my most recent mess up was just yesterday.
Oh sister don’t you see how valuable this truth is to apply with everyone in our life? How much more in our marriage? When we choose to hold onto bitterness and be unforgiving towards our spouse, we can’t help but affect ourselves negatively also. Bitterness is deadly to all. When we decide to hold on to hurt, we decide to stay locked up in our own prison cell of misery. Believe me, I have been there more often then I’d like to admit.
Our mind is our greatest battle ground. When thoughts of past hurts come up in your mind, we must shoot them down and speak forgiveness over that person. I promise you that as you do, you will experience freedom and victory. It really is that simple. When we stand on the word of God, the enemy must flee and the annoying, nagging accusations in our head are silenced.
Let us strive to win the race and let us take joy in serving the Lord with our whole heart by loving others as He has loved us!