People will tell you who they are if you listen. This was my Facebook post the other day and someone responded ‘they’ll show you who they are, too, all we have to do is watch.’
There’s a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”
We meet people and within minutes they tell us that have no prejudice, are always faithful, or never tell lies. But hours later we see the fruit that they deny.
I’ve been guilty of a form of this myself…
I don’t like it when people are late. I always feel a little catch in my stomach when I’m left waiting. Like maybe I’ve been forgotten and they’re not coming at all… or something I did awhile ago has triggered them wrong and this is the moment they’ve chosen to be mad at me.
It’s agonizing to me when people are late, but-er-a…You guessed it! I’m late all the time.
So what’s that about, doing the very thing I hate? Is it pride? Rebellion? Or some type of passive aggressive revenge?
I don’t know all the psychology behind it, but I do know it’s an ugly boulder blocking the way to richer character.
The judgmental Christian who introduces themselves as someone who never judges exists in that awkward danger zone. It’s ludicrous for a Christian to ask Christ’s correction on something they’ve already perfected. Where’s the room for repentance in that?
How well can we assume we know ourselves then, I wonder? If the manipulator is not, by their own self standard, a manipulator, how would the need for change ever enter in?
It’s one of the reasons I attribute self awareness as the chief tool the Body of Christ needs for growth in these last days. I think lack of it (self awareness) is why satan has any influence at all.
It’s not dangerous for a Christian to admit they’re manipulative, or that they lie, or steal, or have an evil attachment to money and tie all their worth to images and things…
And although I could add to this list of ugly scenarios until the Second Coming, there’s still no danger to Christians for being the confessor of these. The danger comes in because we won’t.
We have a Savior Who died to save us. He alone gave us the right to cry Abba, Father. And He gave us the right because we so desperately need it.
No one is perfect, not even you.
Father God, place the mirror of Your Holy Spirit up to my ways, and mind, and heart. Show me the reflection of myself as I am today and the reflection of the vessel Your Love is changing me into. Help me to trust that I am safe to see, admit, and repent to You because You are my loving Heavenly Father Who gave Christ as a token of Your love and forgiveness of my sins. And strengthen me to forgive myself for all my imperfections. In Jesus Name, Amen.