Have you ever had unwanted house guests? I am talking about the ones who wear out their welcome in the first two minutes yet plan to stay forever. I am talking about the ones who trash the place, eat all the food, sit in your favorite chair, and take over your bed. I am talking about the ones that even your dogs avoid. I am talking about the ones that take everything and give back nothing. I am talking about the ones that only brighten up a room when they leave it.
I had two guests like this for years. Their names were Fear and Hate and they
seemed like permanent squatters in my soul. Every time I would try and toss them out, I
would look around a few days later and find that they had snuck back in. They also invited their
friends Worry, Doubt, Jealousy, Envy, Frustration, Depression, and Despair to stay as well. It
made for a miserable home and a miserable life.
Finally one day I could take it no longer. I cried out to God to help me get rid
of these unwanted guests once and for all. It was then that I heard a gentle knock on the
door of my soul.
When I opened it I found Love there smiling at me. I invited Love in and watched
as my unwanted house guests fled out the door and through the windows. They couldn’t
leave quick enough. Then Love asked his friends Peace and Joy over to help straighten up the
place. I soon realized too that Love was a guest I never wanted to leave. Every now and then
Fear and Hate will try to sneak back in, but when they see Love sitting on the couch they run.
God loves us so much and He wants us to love as well. He wants us to choose
love, share love, and fill our lives with love. He wants us to love each other as He loves
us. He wants us to make Love our permanent house guest and best friend. Open your door then. Invite
Let Fear and Hate hit the highway. Make your home a happy one now and forever.
"Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity,
idolatry, sorcery, hostilities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish rivalries, dissensions, factions,
envying, murder, drunkenness, carousing, and similar things. I am warning you, as I had warned you before: Those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God!
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law."
(Gal 5:19-23 NET)
Joseph J. Mazzella