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We all make mistakes – mistakes that we regret, mistakes that haunt us, and mistakes that are tough to let go. And forgiving ourselves can be difficult. Not only are we subject to the criticism of others, we’re inclined to judge ourselves. Guilt caused David to cry out, "I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me" (Psalm 51:3, New American Standard Bible).
It's common for people to proudly boast that they are finally becoming their "true selves." In the Kingdom of God, however, maturity is measured by the extent to which we become less of ourselves, and more like Christ. He is our identity. In fact, the Bible teaches that we “must become less and less, and He [Christ] must become greater and greater”
Every year, people make New Year's Resolutions. Their vows run the gamut - from improving their bodies and financial situations ... to launching a business and strengthening their marriages. But, this year, I challenge each of us to work on the secret areas of our lives... the corners of our hearts... the concealed habits... and the questionable motives that only God (and us) can see.