In the world but not of it

October 9, 2009

Stop lying to yourself…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

Keep me from lying to myself; give me the privilege of
knowing your instructions. Psalms 119:29

Criticism is hard to receive, especially when its true…

The Bible says in Proverbs 15:31-32 if you listen to
constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise. If you reject
discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow
in understanding.

If the truth be told, when others take the time to point
something out in our lives we need to listen.

Whether it is true or not, our response should be to accept
the feedback graciously and take it to the Lord with an open and humble
attitude that is willing to be corrected if that is needed. We don’t need to
expend energy on defending ourselves.

Since we don’t like to be criticized we can have the
tendency to end up lying to ourselves about what others perceive about us. We justify,
rationalize and throw off the comments rather than taking heed to them. I find
it fascinating that the scripture in Psalms 119:29 exists and is worded in this
way.

The Lord obviously knows us better than ourselves. He knows
our tendency is to be proud and stubborn.

It is in our nature to want others to think we are better
than we are. We lie to ourselves about lots of things; i.e. we can bench press
more weight than we should, that extra quarter pounder won’t be too harmful, I
can watch that program and handle the content, etc…

He knows that I’ll tell myself anything to make myself feel
better. Your conscience is what hurts when everything else feels so good. The
Holy Spirit will always convict us.

Lord help us to be truthful about who we are and help us to
receive the input and feedback from others with grace and humility so that we
can grow in our knowledge of you and not become proud and indignant.

Be truthful with God, He knows everything about you anyway…

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