My Fitness

Friday, September 13, 2013

humility and self-esteem (life under control week 6 day 5)

Christian, if you cannot name a single fault in yourself, then by what trait is God to shine through? If you have no weakness, if you do everything correctly by your own strength, if you have no sin, then how does 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 even apply to you? If you cannot name your sin, if you cannot say, "today I sinned by having a critical and judgmental spirit" (for example), then are you not living 1 John 1:8-10?

Christian, esteem yourself rightly. Do not be so proud that you cannot name your faults. You aren't fooling anyone anyway.

Can you still hear that voice in your ear reminding you of that time you wrongly spanked your child? Or that harsh word you spoke to your husband? What about that one time you spoke correctly but not out of love? Is your sin still chained to you? Christian, you have been set free! The accuser has been conquered by the blood of the lamb and the word of your testimony. So speak up and remember your justification and forgiveness!
Christian, esteem yourself rightly. Do not be so proud that you cannot name your strength. You are only fooling yourself.

God doesn't expect you to be perfect. That's why Jesus came. He didn't think you'd make it on your own. Do not be so foolish. He doesn't expect you to make perfect what he has started!

"You can accept your weaknesses, knowing even they can become platforms through which God can demonstrate His strength."

I suspect that so much of the pride I see in Christians around me stems from their lack of security and their fear of men. Because of their lack of security, they must try to shake other's security. Because they fear the approval of men, they must make sure that others do not have their approval. This is not the work of a loving Christian.

A loving Christian recognizes his insecurity and dives deeper into the word and finds that nothing can separate him from the love of God. A loving Christian senses his fear of approval from men, and dives deeper into the word and finds that the Lord is his helper and man cannot harm him. Do not pass judgment on your fellow believers (Romans 14:10). Instead remember to love, encourage, edify, and build up your fellow Christians.

And so Reader, this rather abruptly ends my day's dialogue to myself. You are welcome to talk to yourself this way too. 

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