I can be a people-pleaser, but I’m learning that I need to focus on pleasing God and not man.
I can be insecure, but I’m learning to be less self-focused and more God-focused.
I can be proud, but I’m learning to have confidence in Christ, not in myself.
I can be fearful, but I’m learning that His perfect love casts out fear.
I can be negative, but I’m learning that His wonderful salvation is enough to make any moment a joy.
I can be selfish, but I’m learning how to give up my desires to serve God and others.
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” (Philippians 3:12-13).
Our inclination is to emphasize the good in our character and do nothing about our sins. But the Bible calls us to honestly assess our sins and failures and press on to do better.
See also: 1 Peter 5:5-6 and James 1:22-25
copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2012
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