He’s a Housekeeper, Too? (Master Bedroom cleaning) From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and thanks so much for coming by today. I’m so sorry about yesterday; I spent all this time writing it for you and then forgot to post it! Hmmm, talk about brain toots! 🙂 Anyway, back to this series. We were just about to meet with Him in the master bedroom to begin our cleaning, so grab your coffee and let’s go clean. 🙂

I turned to make my way back to the master bedroom and I felt this incredible urge to go by the living room, which was on the other side of the house. I followed my instincts and when I turned the corner to walk into the living room, I couldn’t help but smile with a peace that transcended all understanding.

“I thought you would be a bit more comfortable in here,” He smiled.

I walked in, set my thermos of coffee cup and breakfast snack down and just sat at His feet in humble admiration, definitely not surprised by His admission of knowing I was hesitant and uncomfortable about meeting today. I turned ten shades of red as I realized He probably knew about my dream, too. I cleared my throat as if to speak but no words came out of my mouth, but they did come out of His.

“So do you want to talk about why you’re so uncomfortable this morning?”

I looked up at Him and saw pools of unconditional love and I dove in. “It’s just that so many of my friends are struggling with personal issues that” – I let the words get swallowed up in silence and tried again. “See, I have this friend who has been struggling in her marriage and I’ve tried to give her good advice without coming off holy and judgmental but” – I began to cry and tried to compose myself but I wasn’t doing such a good job so I just continued. “The truth is I’m really scared for her. I think she may have done something that she’s going to regret one day, and there’s nothing I can do to stop her.”

He shook His head sadly. “I know, for some reason, very few of my beloveds bring this issue of sex to me. Instead, they run and hide in their shame and/or try and fight the battle on their own.”

I raised my head to look at Him, my eyes and heart alight with recognition of the familiarity of that feeling but what caught me off guard even more was the ease in which He approached this subject, the subject that had almost kept me from coming to Him that morning. “I remember that shame, Father, and that struggle to remain pure, and so many times I failed. Do you think maybe that’s why I am so afraid for my friend, Father?”

He nodded yes and then reached for His Word. “I know that so many in the church use My Word to instruct on this issue, but they have not practiced My grace when it comes to error in this area.”

“I’m not sure I understand what you are saying.”

He let the book lay open on His lap. “They are right to teach My will, that sex is to be only in the covenant of marriage, but, unfortunately, when a sheep comes into the pasture, which is the church, and admits falling and failing in this area, many members of My church turn their backs on the sheep, leaving him or her to wallow in their shame. And then many times, my child, or the lost sheep, turns into one of my prodigals and runs further and further from My protection and my blessing.”

“So do you think it’s because they don’t know how to handle it, Father?”

He chuckled at my sudden spurt of wisdom. “Actually, too many of My leaders in the church have been led to believe that the church is a place for perfect people, but I did not come to heal the healthy; I came to heal the sick.”

I felt comfortable in admitting my lack of understanding. “Okay, you’re talking in parables again, Father. Help me understand.”

“It is not the church’s job to condemn. But it is the church’s job to extend grace and to be Christ-like because this makes the transformation process all the more possible and I will deal with their sin and their heart.”

I got up from the floor and sat in my seat opposite Him. “But if they did that, wouldn’t the churches be turned upside down with all the chaos and wouldn’t the peoples’ sexual sin run rampant within the church causing division?”

“You ask some very good questions, daughter. Logically speaking, if I didn’t get involved, it could turn out that way, but if more leaders within the churches would seek My counsel on how to approach these situations instead of drawing a line without grace, we would win more of them over for My kingdom.”

Whew, I know, that’s a lot to digest, so think about these things and join me tomorrow for the conclusion to the cleaning of this room, the master bedroom.

May His grace leave you sparkling with joy . . .



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