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07/29/2014

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Brutal Honesty


"My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me...." (1 Cor.4:4).

On the temple of Apollo at Delphi, considered at the time to be the portal to the world, the inscription "know thyself" is inscribed. As the learned Greeks commented on it, several conclusions to its meaning were reached. To some it referred to those whose boasts exceeded what they are. To others, it meant to pay no attention to what the multitudes were saying. If you google the term, it will astound you to see how many famous people have written about it. As I look at it, face value comes to mind. A person must be introspective in nature, especially when it come to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Repentance plays an enormous part in Christianity, and repentance requires a conscience. It requires that one "knows thyself...." If we are to stay on the path that leads to the Lord, we must be brutally honest with ourselves. That means self-knowledge. There is certainly a distinct advantage in knowing ourselves... No one knows us like we know us.... What others know about us is limited in scope to what we choose to reveal to them. This would include our thoughts, motives, and values. Even those who are closest to us know just a fraction of what we know about ourselves. The apostle Paul puts it this way: "For who who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God" (1 Cor.2:11). The information that others might use to judge us is at its best, incomplete, therefore, often inaccurate. No human really knows about our true relationship with God except us, and if it is going to be the right relationship, self-knowledge is necessary.... It is vitally important to KNOW THYSELF....

Have a wonderful day... Do good and give Him the credit... Love mark Phil.4:11

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