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balloon and plants bitterness in one’s heart.
The gospel message, however, calls on us all to be
realistic in facing and admitting our sinfulness, our
weaknesses, our actual transgressions, and our consequent guilt before God;
and then it addresses us,
in God’s name, substantially as follows:
Look to Christ as your
loving Sin-Bearer and living Lord. Embrace him as your
Savior and Master. And then in his presence resolve
to leave behind the old life of conscious self-service,
marred as it was by bitterness, self-pity, envy of others,
and feelings of failure, in order that you may become his
faithful – that is, faith-full – disciple, living henceforth
by his rules under his care.
Love Christ, in unending gratitude for his unending love to you. Labor to please him in everything you
do. Let his love constrain, compel, command, comfort, and
control you constantly,
and, like Paul, stop regarding human approval as in any way important.
(Earlier he wrote to the Corinthians, “With me it is a
very small thing that I should be judged by you . . . . It
is the Lord who judges me,” 1 Cor. 4: 3–4). Live and love
the way Paul did before you, and aspiring eagerness
in the street by a Truck
We all crave to be admired
for strength in something.