.: Flawed :.

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Somtimes, all I can see in myself are the flaws. I look in the mirror and I don't like what I see and that is what I focus on. I make a mistake and it consumes me. I still struggle to forgive myself about things I should have let go years ago. I do this with other people too. I focus on what I think is wrong with them. I discredit their good works because of their inconsistencies. Even worse, I sometimes define people by their flaws. I look at them and label them as gossiper, judgmental, liar, irresponsible. (Ironic that as I am labeling someone as being judgmental, I am in fact being judgmental) It is incredible how long I can hold onto a grudge and how quickly I can forget an act of kindness. Anyone in my family can tell you that I am a really stubborn person. When I feel like I have been wronged it takes me a long time to forgive. I need to remember that the Lord has made each and every one of us. I need to focus on the good qualities that people have and be thankful for them. Instead of condemning fellow Christians for their downfalls, I need to help them and support them in their endeavor to become more like Christ. I need to be more forgiving of others and of myself. It is truly a testament to God's loving nature to think that He has forgiven me for all of things that I have done, even when I struggle to forgive myself. I have a long, long way to go in this sanctification process.

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I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. .Psalm 139:14.


Anonymous said...

I love your blog. I love your encouraging words and your attitude toward the circumstances of life. They are very inspiring. Keep it up!!

perilloparodies said...

sorry to intrude on your blog. came across it and just had to comment on this post... DITTO is all i can say!!! thanks for sharing your heart. be blessed. and you know that God is faithful to complete the work He has begun in us. Let Him do His wonderful work. the simple and most difficult acts of trusting and surrendering can be used to encourage and minister to others. this is spoken from another stubborn chick with many, many flaws...have a great day.