Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. (Psalm 119:165 NIV)
# Many, like myself, can look in the mirror and find a few things ugly that can be changed. The solution is not to throw away all the mirrors, but to do something about it. If nothing can be done, I must learn to accept it.
The Bible is our mirror for our soul. Will we open God’s word and face the ugliness that lurks within? Then will we bravely do what is needful to beautify our inner being?
Sadly, most avoid God’s “mirror”. They never open the Word or never have a friend who’ll tell them the truth.
Avoiding self-examination is like going to the fun-house and picking the distorted mirror of our choice. Reading only favorite Scriptures or devotionals that pump us up and build our self-esteem, will never expose the ugly that needs changed. We may end up thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought to think, but rather think of yourselves with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given. (Romans 12:3b). Too high of an opinion is no better than too low.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. (James 1:23-24)
# Step 5 “…requires not only that we admit to ourselves the exact nature of our wrongs, but that we embark on an honest self-evaluation of our faults.” AA’s 12 Steps.
# Freedom to be you, is the best gift I can give. Helping you to be the best you can be is your best gift to me.
# Am I a Christ-follower? Better to ask someone who knows me well. “You will know them by their fruit?” (cf. Galatians 5:22-23)
# Love is never wasted. It may not be returned, but heaven’s reward comes not so much in the receiving of love as in its giving.
# Am I teachable? Is the person I want to reach teachable? If the answer to both is “no”, then God and I are wasting our time.
Do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces. (Matthew 7:6)
# The ultimate test for foolishness: “Do I fear God?” (Psalm 14:1, Proverbs 14:27)
Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself. (Proverbs 26:4)
# I want to follow you, Lord.
- Are you willing to carry your cross?
- Are you willing to drink from my cup?
- Are you willing to suffer injustice?
- Are you willing to be despised?
- Are you willing to forsake all?
- Are you willing to be considered a sheep to be slaughtered?
Yes, Lord, I am willing.