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05/07/2010

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Mary Ann

I am definitely a loser.

I think I was the same before as well... but in recent yrs, I've been so humbled that it's hard for me to feel like I'm in a 'mature' enough place to serve/lead. Such 'humility' can also be seen as pride (not good enough that not even God can use me). Hopefully, I can find a balance.

tiff cheng

amen, brenda.. thank you for sharing your thoughts..

Candy

This post is resonates with so much I've been thinking about the last 2 years. Tim and I joined a community here where we are reminded we are losers.. but ones that are loved and redeemed by Jesus.

Christina

Your post reminds me again how deceptive the heart is, above all else. We can no more judge our progress and motives than those of others. Perhaps that's what Paul meant when he said "I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me." And in the face of such judgment, who can stand? The sign of spiritual progress appears to be an ever greater appreciation for our lack of progress, an ever greater realization of the chasm spanning God's purity and our filth--how else could Paul say he is the worst of all sinners? Surely he had been sanctified beyond most sinners.

Brenda Jung

Christina, you nailed it: "The sign of spiritual progress appears to be an ever greater appreciation for our lack of progress, an ever greater realization of the chasm spanning God's purity and our filth..." This is exactly what I've been thinking about for the past few years. I'm still pondering, What does TRUE spiritual growth look like?

Christina

I think it looks like watery eyes and a tender heart--sensitive to our daily betrayals of our dearest friend, and easily moved by his response of self-effacing love.

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