This is Your Wake Up Call!

The Lenten Journey 2018: Self-Awareness

FeleciaTeasley-1Taking A Look At Yourself First!
“Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone,¬†without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load.”Galatians 6:4-5¬†New International Version (NIV)

Paul, ministering to the members of the Galatians church, doesn’t want them to compare themselves with others before by taking a look at their own past actions. First take a look at their own actions before engaging in comparisons. By doing this simple test, they were having to take the time to think on their own past standards of living and sins.

Can you take Paul’s simple test? Can you take a moment to look at by yourself, first? Reflect upon your on our past sins without putting blame on anyone else for them. Take full responsibility for your part in the sin.

Would you judge any sinner by your past sins?
Probably not! Because if you did, you would realize somewhere along the way that you are being a hypocrite.God doesn’t want hypocrites. Hypocrites are toxic!

God wants Disciples that will help lead other sinner to him by sharing the goodness of grace, mercy, and forgiveness bestowed upon them by Jesus Christ. The very reason you were forgiven may be the same reason others are forgiven by Jesus Christ as well. Remember that.

Now, let’s take a moment to reflect upon our standard of living. Whether you are where you want to be in life, or know that you are better off than you could be in life, God’s wants you to be joyful within about it and without comparing yourself to others about it.

Your joy is your Joy. Your blessing are your blessings. This is exactly where God wants you to be in life. Others are where God wants them to be in life. Besides, we are all the same in the eyes of God.

If you find yourself wanting to compare yourself to others, don’t do it!

Let’s us pray. Good and gracious God, please allow us to have discernment for others. Please let us not forget of all of the times that we have asked for grace, mercy and forgiveness for our sins. Let us not to boast but to simply take pride in ourselves about ourselves to ourselves and not to others. And, most of all, thank you for allowing us to test our own motives and actions as a reminder of where we have been. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Felecia Teasley
Metropolitan Interdenominational Church
Nashville, TN

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