My husband is away this week, yet life marches forward. We have school to do, a house to maintain, meals to prepare and eat and clean up after, books to read, toys to play with….a household of 4 children doesn’t pause when one of us is away. In all of these things, conflict is inevitable – we are a house full of sinners, after all. My response to being sinned against must be informed by truth and not by my feelings (which can especially be easily annoyed and frustrated when I am single-parenting all week!).
In my morning reading, I came across some verses in 2 Timothy again today that always help serve to anchor my heart and perspective. I thought they were also helpful in follow-up to the post about getting angry at our children that I linked to last week. So, here they are in the hopes that they might be an encouragement to others as well:
‘And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.” 2 Tim. 2:24-26