Today I'm thinking about 'air'. I'm not talking about physical air. I'm talking about spiritual air that needs to be cleared.
"And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience--" - Ephesians 2:1-2 ESV
It is amazing how a short conversation can clear the air and it is equally amazing how air can form in the absence of communication.
A short kind word can clear the air.
Who is a 'Son of Disobedience'? Sonship is a reference to association or identity. In this passage it is talking about a kinship to the original disobedient One by affiliation. But, We can all have a capacity to associate with rebellion and if we do we will be vulnerable to have 'air' separate us... division... space... disconnection.
"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you... addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ." - Ephesians 4:32; 5:19-21 ESV
I want clear air with people. If we receive grace we also are letting go of a 'disobedience identity' that identifies with being an outsider. Someone who knows grace is an insider not an outsider. Even if all the world around them rejects them. God doesn't and what God thinks is divine reality. There is no bad air on the inside. Heaven has no bad air.
God, Give us words that clear the air today. We want people to feel welcome around us. We want people to sense You are present and that they are invited and accepted. Thank You God.