Right and wrong, black and white, good and evil, blah blah blah. We hear it, we preach it, we complain about it, but why can’t we live it? Well, as humans we can sometimes just suck.
We started some new classes at church this past Sunday. We are starting in 2 Chronicles, and one thing I like about learning with an open Spirit is you have the ability to hear conviction. If you are never convicted, then you’re not learning with an open spirit. Hence this could be just the right post for you. It’s also a good reminder for the rest of us. If you keep up with me, you know I’m pretty transparent and straightforward. Even though confrontation is not my thing. But it’s completely different when you’re dealing with the Holy Spirit. I’m rambling again.
Ok let’s break this down. It’s always helpful to get advice when you are unsure. So do you go the stupid route or the smart route? It may seem simple but I assure you we have all made the mistake of going the stupid way. Please don’t play dumb-then your lying and that’s a sin. Just pointing out the facts my good people.
Why do we screw up? PRIDE. EGO. STUBBORNESS. They pretty much mean the same thing. We are a greedy self centered bunch of human beings. What?!?! Uh yeah.
I found myself sitting in class as they were talking about pride and what it does and how harmful it can be to people and relationships and just how you function in every day life. And I noticed the very first thing that we do (myself included) is point the finger at who we think have these problems. Because that’s the easy thing to do. How often do you really look at yourself?
-there’s a moment where we all think we know better than someone else
-there’s a moment where we think people need to do things our way because no other way could possibly work
-there is the moment where we all think someone is beneath us
I know I’m guilty of the first two. I know you’re guilty of the first two. I’ll pray hardly any of us actually fall under that third one. But there are those who do. And that’s another post…
So all of this to say before you start to point the finger you need to step back and see if your pride and your ego and your stubbornness is causing a conflict. It may not be. But not having the ability to check yourself is a red flag that you have a heart problem. For what flows from your lips, is what sits in your heart also.
I want to be the person who can say I messed up and I’m sorry. I want to feel the Holy Spirit guide me in the right way, not the world’s way. Am I going to mess up? Well duh. But I want to do better. And I’m determined to do it with the help of my Lord and Savior. Reading his word. Praying. And surrounding myself with people who will guide me the smart way, and praying I listen even if it’s not what I want to hear.
Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.
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