What We Tell Ourselves

A reading for Thursday, March 12, 2015: John 8:21-32.

We tell ourselves all kinds of things...

We say that we are independent, capable of all sorts of important things. We are creative and hard working. There is nothing we can't do if we set our minds to it.

We tell ourselves we are kind and open minded. We love others unconditionally with open hearts and open hands. Our compassion is unending. That's what we say to ourselves.

We tell ourselves we are faithful. We go to church. We study the Word. We do devotions like this one each day faithfully, living our commitment to Jesus Christ.

The truth is none of these things we say to ourselves are possible without the goodness of God. We can't do anything on our own. Everything we have, and everything we are is directly in proportion to the gifts God has given. So when we tell ourselves we are independent, or kind, or faithful we are not telling ourselves the truth.

The truth is what we ought to tell ourselves is that God is all those things, and we are gifted with glimpses of the goodness of God each day through God's mercy. Without God we are nothing. With God we are saved.

Jesus said to those that believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”


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