Don't Think The Best of Yourself, Dear Christian

Don't Think The Best of Yourself, Be Realistic and Faithful
Should we as Christians think the best of ourselves?

Not if we follow the Apostle Paul’s example.(1) 

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners--of whom I am the worst.” ~ Paul, 1 Timothy 1:15

Paul understood he was a hopeless sinner before He followed Christ, and he knew he was still capable of sin:

“Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.” Romans 7:21

Paul knew staying faithful demanded deliberate effort:

"Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal." Philippians 3:13-14

These things are true for all of us.

We all need to guard against pride and do what Paul said in Philippians 2:12-13:

"Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling [seriously, deliberately], for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose."

Being faithful requires a sober view of self (Romans 12:3).

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(1) Paul frequently urged Christians to follow good examples (Philippians 3:17).

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Don't Think The Best of Yourself, Be Realistic and Faithful

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