Lesson 6 - Principle 10

  

I CONTINUE TO TAKE PERSONAL INVENTORIES, AND WHEN I AM WRONG, I PROMPTLY ADMIT IT.

If I am to live for Christ, I must continue to grow and mature in Him. This is His sole responsibility, and it is accomplished through the process called sanctification. Sanctification is not a series of growth spurts, but a continuous and steady process into holiness. If I do not continue to grow, mature, or experience the ongoing blessing of an abundant life in the Lord Jesus Christ, I will become fearful of change and become stagnant, stunted, or enter into a relapse condition.

There are great blessings and a newfound freedom in the ability to admit to God and others when I am wrong. It is a great discovery when I find out I do not always have to be right. When I speak God’s Word, I hopefully speak truth in love and with great power to heal. When I speak my words, I am sometimes wrong and inflict great wounds and, sometimes, irreparable harm. In such cases, I am to promptly admit it and to seek forgiveness and reconciliation (Matthew 5:23-24). This will eliminate the chances of bitterness, resentment, guilt, shame, or a record of wrongs to grow within my heart and conscience.

Remember, as long as I reside in the light and live and grow in it, God will continue to reveal the areas in my life that must be cleansed. The Apostle Paul said that if I would judge myself I would not be judged (1 Corinthians 11:31). As these areas or incidents arise, I will learn to confess them and ask the Lord and others for forgiveness. The evidence of my forgiveness will result in my acts of turning away from these practices, habits, or patterns.