We need those friends who love us enough to be honest and truthful when we are out of line with our words, thoughts or actions. A gentle soul who can be delicate enough to preserve our dignity but bold with enough realness to get us back on track.
What a blessing that Jesus took the time to tell us the truth, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts,” (Mark 7:21-23); that contrary to thinking of ourselves as angels, we are not. With Jesus as our Lord, we are blessed, favored and highly loved, but it is His grace that abounds not our goodness. We always have room for improvement, and in prayer have to be brave and petition for God to show us the parts of us He wants to change. As Job cried out, “How many are my iniquities and sins? Make me know my transgression and my sin” (Job 13:23 NKJ). That is going beyond looking at the surface view of ourselves in the mirror, but having made known the depths of ourselves that may need some correction.
As we grow in Christ, with the help of the Holy Spirit in us, we become more sensitive to sin in our life, wanting less and less of it, with a desire for the Father to be well pleased more and more. Praise God, He looks beyond the thickets in our lives, to see the beauty of who He created. In prayer as we approach the throne, let there be a yearning to be cleaned out, to be the clay in the Potter’s hand, even patient with the transformation. Correction does not always feel good, but yielding into where God desires for us to be can never do us wrong.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness,” (1 John 1:9 NIV).