Have you ever had a time when you made a mistake, but you weren’t even aware of it?
Tonight I discovered a problem with someone that I honestly didn’t know I had. I hate that I hurt this person- I never intended to. And as I’ve been reflecting on the situation, I thought:
How do I prevent unintentional hurt? I wasn’t even aware of the pain I caused.
I’ve been meditating further on the passage we discussed yesterday that describes the first entrance of the presence of God into the temple Solomon built.
For years, the Lord’s presence resided in the ark of the covenant and was carried from place to place, as the tabernacle was moved time and time again. I Kings chapter 8 details the incredible story of Solomon bringing the ark of the covenant to the temple he built for the dwelling place of the Lord. The priests carried the ark into the temple and placed it in the holy place. And when the priests left the holy place, a cloud filled the temple and the priests could no longer do their work. They simply couldn’t see to minister because the cloud was so thick. The cloud was the glory of the Lord and it infiltrated every corner of the space, filling up every.last.inch of the temple.
As I was praying over the aforementioned situation, asking for forgiveness as I talked to God, the answer to preventing the problem in the future washed over me.
The cloud is your answer.
You see, our bodies, as believers in Christ, are the temples of the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit enters, filling every crevice of our being, just like that cloud filled the temple with the glory of God.
The best way to prevent hurting others, even harmlessly, is to be filled with Jesus.
So much so, that He infiltrates every corner of our space, filling up every.last.inch of us, His temples. Yes, things get cloudy, in a very good way. And the cloud- the Holy Spirit- fills up the empty spaces of our hearts and lives through us.
Until you can’t see me anymore.
All you see is Jesus.
I’m striving for that today. It’s not easy. Once I met a woman who exuded Jesus so much that I literally felt like I was sitting by him when I sat down by her. I’ve never forgotten the peace and grace that just seemed to flow naturally from her presence.
So when I think about hurting someone else, even unintentionally, I’m determined to remember this:
Tomorrow I have a super fun giveaway for you; so I’ll see you then! But before you go, if you’d like to mention a situation you have that’s requiring a little more grace, I’d love it if you’d share in the comments so we can just pour out grace for one another today.