2 Corinthians 4:2 ” But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.”
A dishonest, deceitful disposition is, under given circumstances, cunningly leaving a better impression of oneself by lack of truth, honesty and trustworthiness; to objectively get what one wants by manipulating the truth. It’s false humility.
When situations arise, I discover ugly attitudes that I didn’t know I had. There are times when I manipulate a situation in order to get my way or to prevent myself from looking bad. Not only that, I create and maintain an image that work for me immediately rather than working on a true image that’s beneficial for the long term. Why do I do that? People tend to respond to superficial impressions and appearances. This is a disgusting habit. As we know, sin is like cancer and it must be removed. The first step is to confront it, then surrender.
Hearts are changed the moment we accept Christ, but much more work is needed to change the thoughts and attitudes of the mind and habits of the body. You aren’t helping anyone by ignoring sin. People need to be convicted about their sin before they will ever see their need for a Savior.
James 1:22 “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror.”
The Christian life is a growing relationship. When the consequences of your sins develop, do you have the humility to accept what you deserved? Applying the cross to your life is not something you do once. It’s moment by moment. We must take our hands off ourselves and off of our desires and concerns and leave them all to the Lord to manage. Who would want to keep anything in his own care when he has the privilege of putting it in God’s care? Give God the key to every room in your soul and let Him enter and take charge. Do this knowing that God will require you to deal with those sins you have so carefully justified. This may be a long and painful process but it will be beneficial for the long run.
Philippians 2:3, 4 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
Key things to remember:
- Work on communicating honestly and communicating love rather than cultivating perception.
- An image is a crutch for someone who does not want to invest the time needed to communicate true substance.
- Evaluate your life by exposing every action, decision, and motive to the light of Christ and His Word.
- Honor others above yourself.
- Your personal actions affect others, so choose your actions prayerfully and carefully.
- Avoid being trapped by selfishness and vanity.
- Humbly do things that elevate others instead of yourself.
Inspired by God, written by KG