There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.
"So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God.”
"When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”
-1 Corinthians 13:11-13
As believers of Christ, we are taught to consult God in every decision we make and not just deciding on our own for “God knows the best plans for us.” (Jeremiah 29:11) and it also includes how we respond to situations where in we become challenged.
There’s a significant importance in these situations for we will be tested in terms of patience and character. I’ve realized, as I pondered about it, that we need to know who God is in our lives. It is by His grace that we repent and not to be tempted by sin and it is also through it that we change and not sin. Yes, we can’t force someone to change for only God has the ability to do it. But before we desire for change for others, let’s always go back to ourselves. God loved us so dearly just as he loved others.
Being spiritually mature is a process. At first, it’s just a superficial image of the situation we are at but as we go deeper in God’s Word, we will realize the bigger picture. Bitterness, hatred, having a wrong heart, and taking every Word in the bible to be against you will not cause us to grow and soar. It will just cause our faith to be stagnant or even shrink or lead to spiritual dryness. In every decision we make, let’s always include God in it. Let’s not be carried away by our emotions but by the wisdom of God.
As one book says, “If a habit is controlling you, you will not enjoy the best that God offers you. Don’t make excuses for bondages that seem to have hold on you. Denial and excuses will keep you from enjoying your life.”
We are already freed from the stronghold in our lives through the Cross. Don’t hold onto it anymore. It will just disqualify the privilege that God has given us. You know that it’s not beneficial and good for you yet you still continue to do it because it is pleasurable to your flesh and emotions. Don’t make excuses and reasons. Do what is right before God, and not before men.
"And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.”
Let’s not trust our flesh but let’s trust God. Yes, we cannot prevent sin but we can decide not to be involved with sin. One sin will lead us to another sin if we don’t have the conviction and if we are not quick to confess it to God. At the end, we don’t have the right to condemn ourselves and even others towards sinning. (Romans 8:1) Only God can judge us.