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By Angela Gidley

The kitchen in our house is in the basement while the dining area is on the main floor. We have three children ages seven and under. I will give you a minute to think about the sheer volume of food, plates, bowls, and cups that go up and down those stairs every single day.

I am home most of the day with my one-and-one-half-year-old daughter and my four-year-old son. It falls to me to transport our meals and dirty dishes upstairs and down. Since I like to consolidate my trips as much as possible, my arms and hands are very full for each trip. I admit (and my husband will heartily confirm) that I am a bit clumsy. I do not keep track, but I am sure I spill food or drink at least a couple of times a week.

A couple days ago I spilled a leftover drink on the floor. As I kneeled to soak up the liquid with a towel, I was annoyed with myself for making a mess again. The thought practically smacked me in the face that I drop things over and over. Yet I don’t give a lot of thought to changing my habits so I can prevent the spills. In the same way, I get upset when I repeat the same sins, but how often do I slow down enough to hear the Holy Spirit’s conviction in my heart and His desire to help me change?

The extent of God’s grace goes far beyond what I can comprehend. Moses committed murder; King David committed adultery; Paul persecuted Christians. Nonetheless the grace of God is large enough to cover these sins and every single other sin ever committed. But Paul clearly states in Romans 6:1 (ESV), “Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” The stories of sinners delivered from drug and alcohol addiction, sexual sin, or other bondages provide us glimpses into the power of the truly awesome God that we serve.

Most of us struggle with sins that don’t make the headlines but still affect our lives and the lives of those around us on a daily basis. Many of us get stuck in a pattern of anger that harms our family members and keeps us isolated. Others succumb to the laziness that keeps them from pursuing the call of God and rising above failure, choosing not to use their gifts and talents to serve God. Sometimes it is easier to tell a lie to avoid a difficult conversation or to allow jealousy to grow in our hearts toward someone who appears to have an “Instagram-perfect” life. Do we beg God for deliverance from all forms of sin in our lives? Romans 6:6 [ESV] says, “We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.” It is a daily process to surrender our will to His, but if we desire to walk in freedom from sin, we have to spend the time with Him to loosen those chains.

I don’t know if I will learn my lesson any time soon. I might keep attempting a balancing act with the dishes, but my heart’s desire and my prayer today is that I would remember God’s great love and patience for me and lean into Him instead of returning to the sins that keep me from living in true freedom.

About The Author

Angela Gidley

Angela Gidley, a licensed minister with Open Bible Churches, serves at Elevation Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She is a wife and mother of three, who loves to read, drink coffee, and spend time alone in silence (since all three of her children inherited her extra vocal cords). You can connect with her at facebook.com/agidley