Want to know the truth about me?
Sometimes, I get tired. People can take kindness for weakness and professional courtesy as an opportunity. I don’t always want to be nice. I don’t always want to be the better person. Sometimes, want to…. well, never mind.
My emotions, my actions, my reactions - they are a part of me, but they are not the sum total of who I am.
In life, we struggle to accept any truth, but especially the truth about ourselves. If it’s something good, it might be too good to be true. If it’s bad, we say “the devil is a lie.”
Why is it so hard to embrace who we really are?
Because we are complex. We are flawed, but still favored and that can make us blind to our own shortcomings.
So, with all the opposites within me, what can I believe about me?
What can you believe about you?
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. Psalms 51:5-6 (ESV)
Believe the truth. Believe there is always more to learn about yourself. Believe you can be better today than you were yesterday. Believe that you are absolutely loved by God, but that His love does not exempt you from improvement. It requires improvement.
Believe you have the capacity to be better.
See, He's mine, and I am his It doesn't matter what I did He only sees me for who I am ~From Marvin Sapp’s “The Best in Me”
To say King David was a flawed man would be an understatement. Time and time again, the Bible records him behaving contrary to God’s will and yet, he is known as a "man after God’s own heart" because despite his actions, he desired to be better. Over and over, David repented and asked God to deal with his truth.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalms 51:7 (ESV)
Sin may have shaped you, but God created you. Now, let Him restore you.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. Psalm 51:10-13 (ESV)
What is the truth about you? The world is waiting to find out.
See you next Tuesday.