it’s just |the way I am

Posted on May 4, 2010 by

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There have been plenty of times that I have said the words, “That’s just who I am”, to brush off a critique of my personality or conduct. Generally speaking the person was right, and usually biblical.

The bible repeatedly commands us to take control of the parts of our bodies and submit them to Christ.

Psalm 34:13 Keep your tongue from evil And your lips from speaking deceit.

1 Thessalonians 4:4 [it is God’s will] That each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is Holy and Honorable.

Romans 6:13  Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.

Eventually each of us will face a character trait that is not Christlike and deep seated, like being cynical, being prideful, being unforgiving, being short tempered, etc. When we are faced with the reality that part of who we are isn’t in line with who God has called us to be we need to change who we are. Far too often we try to explain away our faults, or try to change God so that He fits our natural tendencies. Instead pray for change. We have no power of ourselves to change our sin nature, but if we pray for that change and begin to act as if God is changing you (because He is) then we will begin to become more like Christ.

Don’t let yourself become discouraged if you fail along the way. Remind yourself that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. And see it as an opportunity for it to be clear that God is changing you, not you.

Let us continually strive to be holy as He is holy.

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