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Monday, October 10, 2011

Persuasively Bone Crush your "rulers" of Home

Rulers are needed and not all are bad, but some rulers rob joy and life. Some rulers swap truth for lies. Often selfish interest and personal pride drive a ruler's pursuit of power. A ruler rises up like a sovereign--s/he or it exercises supreme authority over a limited sphere. If a ruler doesn't honor God, then struggle and struggle against this ruler we do.

Many rulers regularly vie for authority in my home, what about you? Who rules your home?

Dad? Mom? The kids? The dog? Or God.
It may be a schedule, perhaps it's a list.
Maybe you're ruled by a clock.
Poor attitudes and unproductive habits, as well.
Disobedient spirits may try to rule the home where you dwell.

But the God of all rulers says even rulers can be persuaded. And it's not through anger and argument. It's not by force and fighting. Rulers can't be cutout to conform like gingerbread men or manipulated to mesh into a mold like Jell-O. But plug in your crock-pot and get on your knees because this one, like a roast will take time.

God, "I've suffered long by this ruler of home, but grant me longsuffering and gentle lips to convert him." "Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone" (Proverbs 25:15).

Sssshhh. Be very, very quiet. It's counter-intuitive. I will not deny it. But I'm learning to practice this skill, this art. It's bone crushing, persuasive. And it displays fruit like a tart!

Try voice not loud, louder, or loudest. But turn voice quiet, soft, gentle, and low. Whisper, "Come . . ." then wait long and slow. Time you must give to this ruler of home. But time is what's needed to persuade him.

The fruit of the Spirit is patience.
The fruit of the Spirit is gentleness.

Lord, God in heaven, help us to be patient with ourselves and with other people as we grow. Humans are frustrating! We get frustrated. We frustrate others. We lay our "rulers" down and pray You'll raise up patience, gentleness, and fruit to honor You. In Jesus' name, AMEN.

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