Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Beauty of the Truth

Have you ever visited A Wise Woman Builds Her Home? What a Beautiful Blog!!!! I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting this blog recently! It has the most appealing old-fashioned pictures, as well as such a sweet spirit that shines through every post! It makes for a very refreshing visit! I could easily stay there for hours, just soaking up the wisdom and the beauty.

And yet, what I discovered there yesterday was not very pretty.

I happened upon this blog post, which listed some common signs of bitterness in women:

  • gossip and slander
  • ungrateful and complaining
  • judges motives
  • self-centered
  • excessive sorrow
  • vengeful
  • brooding
  • loss of joy
  • a critical, judgmental attitude

Then, I read this piercing statement:

"We simply cannot allow circumstances to rule our moods or our lives! This is not just a form of tearing down our homes, but also SIN. We are called to self-control."

And then this probing question:

"Do we trust God with every aspect of our lives (not just the ones that are easy to surrender)?"

Followed by this exhortation:

"Bitterness grows when you 'take into account a wrong suffered.' (1 Corinthians 13:5.) But, Hebrews 12:15 teaches us to: 'See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God, that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled.' "

Well, what can I say??? My heart was smote!

Without realizing it, I had allowed bitterness to creep into my heart. I had never really seen 1 Cor. 13:5 in this way before, but I immediately saw the truth of this application. By taking into account a wrong suffered by my son, and by focusing on this perceived injustice, I was allowing a root of bitterness to spring up in my heart. A weed, such as bitterness, can literally spring up overnight, as anyone who has ever done any gardening knows. But the deceptive thing about bitterness, according to the Scriptures, is that by it many will be defiled.

My desire is to be like the wise woman, who builds up her house and family, not like the foolish woman, who tears down her house and family with her words and actions. (Proverbs 14:1) I certainly don't want to defile my precious family by allowing bitterness to gain a foothold in my life!

But, I am so weak! How do I win this battle waging in my heart??

"And he said unto me, My Grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong." -- 1 Corinthians 12:9-10.

Seeing the true state of our hearts is never a pretty sight, but there is great Beauty in seeing and obeying Truth, as God reveals it to us!

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