by Marilyn Ehle
â€œSearch me, O Godâ€¦ See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.â€?Â Psalm 139
Housecleaning was an every – Friday ritual in my childhood home. Not a mere swish of a dust cloth, but a room-to-room, thorough cleaning that included polishing furniture, cleaning woodwork, vacuuming carpets, scouring sinks and bathtubs and – on hands and knees – scrubbing every inch of exposed floor. My mother was an expert at detecting the smallest speck of untouched dirt in a corner. The response to my plaintive cry of â€œNo one will ever see itâ€? was a firm, â€œBut I will know itâ€™s there.â€?
Most of us who follow Christ truly want to live lives that honor Him. When confronted with attitudes and actions we know to be wrong, we confess them to our loving Heavenly Father and appropriate His forgiveness and grace. But what about the â€œcornersâ€??Â Those things we wouldnâ€™t call grievous sins, but which would certainly offend Jesus if we were face to face with Him.
Am I willing to allow – even ask for – the revealing light of God to expose the corners of my life? When the corners are clean, God and I can walk in the richest friendship along the way everlasting.
Thank you, Father, for shining your light of love into every corner of my life so that I can walk in unrestricted fellowship with you.
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