Stories and instances come back of time and time again when “Brother Charles” would say things and we would cringe. However, being the preacher’s family, we came to church, served others, and kept our secret keepers shut. Preacher’s families are supposed to be perfect.
“Lord you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame…” Daniel (9:7a) my church, my town, my state, and my country, Lord, they are covered with shame.
In the darkness these words were a haunting challenge to me. A challenge of whether I was willing to let the Refiner free in my life.
You are also tired, because if you are giving the impression that you have this whole life thing under control you don’t need help. Yet the truth is, is that you are struggling, but are too proud to ask for help
My pride kept me from sharing the forgiveness of Christ because I didn’t think I deserved the grace of God. I had lived too long thinking that since I did good things, God loved me. I got the grace of God because I earned it.
There is no place too sacred where pride cannot be found. As we seek humility, we have to be more aware of when pride comes. We don’t need to become complacent about seeking humility and guarding against pride.
May I never be satisfied with tainted service to Christ; service done with a proud heart. I want humility to be the heartbeat of my life.
Too much of my life have been filled with bursts of humility instead of a life lived in humility.
They knew that Jesus was everything that they needed to have self-control and show mercy when it was hard, everything that they needed to make the peace and not hold a grudge, and everything that they needed to face persecution with the hope of a kingdom in heaven.