Principle 10 (excerpt)

  

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 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. But 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, then seek forgiveness and reconciliation (Matthew 5:23-24). These will eliminate the chances of bitterness, resentments, guilt, shame, or 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 told me 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 to forgive me. The evidence of my forgiveness will result in my works of turning away from these practices, habits, or patterns.

1 Peter 1:22-23

  1. How have I purified myself? Was this accomplished through faith by works or works alone? 
  2. What part does obedience in the Spirit play in this process? Is this a manifestation of change in me? 
  3. What does "loving one another deeply" or fervently have to do with Principle 10? Is this an emotional love or an action in love? 
  4. Birth is a beginning, not an end. What has manifested in my life that shows me that the seed that has been birthed in me is incorruptible or imperishable?

Luke 12:1-2

  1. What does hypocrisy mean? Give some examples of how I have now guarded myself against hypocrisy. 
  2. Is refusing to admit that I am wrong a form of hypocrisy? Is it a form of arrogance? (compare with (cf) Revelation 3:17) 
  3. What are some of the results that I have had to experience from my hypocrisy?

Ephesians 4:25-26

  1. What does the principle of this verse mean? How is it applied to everyday life? (cf Philippians 3:15-16) 
  2. How is it possible to "be angry and sin not"? Is this possible for me? Have I ever been able to do this? 
  3. Is anger a sin? What should I do if I am angry or get angry with my fellow brethren? What happens to me when I "let the sun go down on my anger" and wake up angry the next day?

2 Timothy 2:14-15

  1. How am I to "correctly handle the Word of God"? What are some of the ways that I can "present myself to God as one approved"? Can I be humble and confident at the same time? 
  2. Does this mean that I must be aware of the words and war stories that I speak?

2 Timothy 2:23-24

  1. Can Christians still have stupid and foolish opinions? Can these opinions lead to stupid actions? 
  2. Should I argue with others about scriptures and their meaning? If not, why not? 
  3. Will "promptly admitting when I am wrong" help me to avoid "foolish and stupid arguments”"?

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