Monday, April 19, 2010

Difference in my life

1 Corinthians 2:9-16 (English Standard Version)

9But, as it is written,

"What no eye has seen,
 nor ear heard,
 nor the heart of man imagined,
 what God has prepared for those 
 who love him"—

 10these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.
 14The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 16 "For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.

I was struck this morning by this scripture.  I wish I didn't get upset with my kids.  I got very upset at them yesterday morning.  I tried to think through what my motive was--and all I could see was my selfishness.  I didn't want to be bothered.  I wanted to get done what I wanted to at that moment.  Blech.

When I read this scripture and did my Bible study, I realized that the fact that I felt bad for getting upset with my children was a good thing!  It is one of the ways that I am changed because I love the Lord.  For a moment, I thought of how I wouldn't care about getting mad and yelling if the Holy Spirit didn't live in me.  I realized that it is the Holy Spirit that helps me see my sin.

Over the past few weeks, I have become acquainted with the lives of the family members of a dear friend.  My heart grieves and yet understands.  How could they make these choices?  How could they choose the mud puddle instead of the holiday vacation at the sea (per the C.S. Lewis quote in my last post)?  They choose these things because their eyes are not open.  The scripture says that it is The Spirit that helps us to understand and discern God's truth in His Word and in our lives.

I am thankful, so thankful for the Lord's grace in my life.  I can't imagine my life without Him.

Ephesians 2:8-9, ESV

8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast.

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