Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. Galatians 5:26 (NIV)
It is so easy to think a lot of ourselves, to start arguments and to want what others have. I mean, all we have to do is 1) think of a thing about ourselves that we like, 2) find the slightest difference in opinion with anyone and 3) glance around the class room and get it that half of the kids are richer than we are.
But the Bible tells us not to do such stuff. How do we do that?
1) I think the first thing to do is to REALIZE WE HAVE A PROBLEM. We all have problems with different stuff, some people more in this area that others. Lately, I've had a problem with being conceited. It's not like I go around telling people how cool I am, but I definitely have started to look in the mirror more. Not a good thing.
2) PRAY. God knows we have those problems. He's known that long before we have. And so now we pray for forgiveness and for help - His help - in overcoming these sins.
3) CHANGE with God's help. We can't do it ourselves - only with Him. Isn't it amazing that God helps us with stuff like this?
4) PRAISE HIM! He helps us change and He deserves the praise.
I'm currently on stage #2. How about you? Do you have a problem with any of these? Where are you on this journey of change?
Note: This is somewhat inspired by the wise stuff the book Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin has to offer. Review will be this or next Saturday. Thanks, Lynn Austin for all the wisdom that's in that book!