There are always going to be others who make us squirm … personality traits, sound of their voice, how they talk, etc. Sometimes we squirm with good reason. Sometimes it’s because we’re petty and ugly inside.

Can you imagine what things could be like if we’d take that energy and pray FOR them instead of about them? Isn’t praying for the one who irritates you most a form of love?

I’ve found when someone is really under my skin, soon after I begin to pray for them, I get peace, and I’m able to love them as I should.

I’ve often pondered whether those irritations with others were actually promptings by the Holy Spirit–to notice my shortcomings, then a leading to pray so I could love as I should?

Galatians 5:14-15
For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another.

I was having a discussion with someone today about the idea that if the church could see us as we really are at home, at work, behind closed doors, etc., it might not be too pretty.

For example, I said something recently and KNEW immediately I shouldn’t have said it even if only one person (actually two) heard it.

Some of us (Christians) are called hypocrites for a reason. I’m guilty.

A minister once said, “a true spiritual person is who he is behind closed doors.”

There was a song … “and no one knows what goes on behind closed doors … “

It should have been written, “… and someone knows what goes on behind closed doors!”

We don’t need to worry about the CIA, FBI, or whoever else is spying … the Holy Spirit has them beat by a long shot, and He excels in knowing about every bone that’s hidden in our closets. What does He see, and what stories would He have to tell? Yikes!! He wants our closets cleaned out!

Thank God for His forgiveness, grace and mercy! There’s a reason we need all of Him and what He has to offer!