When Peter and Gen decided to remodel their kitchen, an old wall separating it from the dinette had to be removed to make space for an island. The process was messy and difficult, but, in the end, the marble island sparkled, and the extra storage and workspace made the kitchen more efficient and attractive.

Later, Gen found herself struggling with anxiety. She brought that to Jesus, and slowly, bit by bit, He dismantled that stronghold, making space for His peace. Like they reworked their kitchen, she felt that God reworked her from the inside to better reflect her Master.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (Ephesians 5:8).

When Christians give Christ permission to rework their lives, the process, like the kitchen remodel, may seem disruptive. Long-established habits resist change, but they must be dislodged for the beauty of Christ’s character to reign. Residues of pride, selfishness, and lustful behavior must be replaced with the beauty of humility, love, and purity.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, I give You permission to dislodge and remove old habits, replacing them with qualities that are pleasing to You.

Quicklook: Ephesians 5:8–11

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