“I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.” Psalm 101:2
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Don’t let the word “perfect” – mentioned twice in this verse – cause you to feel hopeless. Everyone knows that the toughest place to live out a Jesus-flavored life is in one’s own home. That’s when people who know us best see us at our worst. That’s where we cross swords and step on toes the most. And that’s the place where we least impress people by who we are but sure get their attention by what we do.
God wants us, like the Psalmist, to determine to “behave wisely in a perfect way” and with a “perfect heart” before our loved ones. That word “perfect” does not mean “sinless perfection.” That’s something only Jesus will ever claim. But the word “perfect” does mean a spiritual maturity and purity where I do not allow the tag “hypocrite” to be attached to my life by those under the same roof. How can such maturity be ours? I offer my own simple recipe.
First, memorize seven key words because you’re going to need them: “I’m sorry. I was wrong. Forgive me.” If you blow it with a loved one, don’t show it with an excuse. Say and prove that you’re sorry. Meanwhile, ask the Lord to work in your life until honest loved ones (there will always be dishonest ones) recognize you as an example of consistency, human-ness (taking time to notice and meet their needs, not just yours), humility (remember the above seven words?), honesty (in word and action), stability (good character over the long haul), compassion (be there when they’re hurting) and confidence (that it’s God’s job to change those who need changing and our job to love them).
“Father, work in my life until I truly model You in the place of my most difficult test – my home.”
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