12. The bricks in our lives (5)

As I have mentioned before, if your foundation (your faith) is rock solid and you built your house with Jesus as the cornerstone and time with your family as your bricks, then you are ready to face any curveball that life can throw at you. At least you know your house will stand.

Now looking after yourself inside the house made with bricks is also important. We have discussed your thought life and how it affects everything you do and how you should nurture your thoughts to think only pure thoughts, in order to give you victory in life.

Another way to walk in victory is to apply the fruits of the Spirit in your life. In case you cannot remember them all, here they are again; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. I know it is easier said than done. We do not always feel like wearing them like a necklace and embracing every situation with them. In our rushed life, we do not even have time to think about them, let alone memorize them. Life is not that easy. It is difficult to be patient, when a slow moving truck moved right in front of you when you are already late for a meeting, it is difficult to have peace, when there is gossiping all around you, it is difficult to be faithful when the secretary looks sexier than ever, it is difficult to exercise self control when someone parked on your parking space, it is difficult to love someone with a godly love, when all they do is use you for their own benefit, it is difficult to have joy when your husband is diagnosed with cancer, it is difficult, I know.

But despite all this, try and make it a part of you. Try and drink it in everyday, just try. Not one of us is perfect, we all fail, but God loves a willing spirit that will at least try and make an effort. If you do, it will lead to an inner peace in your life and a sense of perfect harmony. Despite storms raging around you, your house will stand.

Remember what the Word of God says:

"Never let loyalty and kindness get away from you! Wear them like a necklace; write them deep in your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people; and you will regain a good reputation." Proverbs 3:3, 4

No man can ask for more than favor with God, the Mighty One of the Universe and a good reputation is worth far more than riches and fame. God wants us to represent Him here on earth and is more concerned in developing our character than anything else. Try and assist Him by making the fruit of the Spirit part of your daily life. It will be worth it.

Lord Jesus, You are awesome and we are so glad that You can be our cornerstone. Thank you for assisting us in our life's journey. You are the best. Amen


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