Even a child makes himself known by his acts,
by whether his conduct is pure and upright.
I was reading an article on a “child centered home” and a major problem is that people refuse to see their children as they really are.
For example, a rebellious and stubborn child is referred to as “strong willed” and a manipulative and sneaky child is referred to as “creative.” I’m not saying to speak these things over your child, but rather to recognize that nature and pray against it.
We do this in our own lives, don’t we?
We deceive ourselves when we will not examine our heart honestly before the Lord. About 7 years ago I had a realization. I was suffering through something for about 4 years and wasn’t getting any relief or deliverance.
I cried out to God, “What’s going on?” He spoke very gently and very clearly, “Crystal, you are not compassionate. I want you to learn compassion.” And I broke down because it was true.
I have always been a “just get over it” person, and God wanted me to realize others are not like me. They need more time and patience from me. It was a tough lesson, but that is how you grow and develop godly character.
Your fruit will find you out. If you are bitter, jealous, unforgiving, everyone around you can see it. Stop deluding yourself! The human nature, apart from Jesus, is rebellious.
Do the hard work! Examine yourself. Don’t be the person who looks in the mirror, walks away and forgets what you look like.
Be honest with yourself and with God. He is trying to produce godly fruit and character in you. Let Him teach you, mold you, shape you. I know it hurts, but it’s good for you!
Father, let us recognize our nature apart from you so we can be soft, moldable clay in Your hands, in Jesus’ mighty name. CK