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July 17, 2018 Daily Devotion from Vernon UMC

Devotional at Vernon UMC

Self-Awareness, Self-Improvement

17 JUL 2018

"...Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings..."
~ Genesis 3:7

It's commonly said that for personal growth, we simply need to be aware of our flaws and the things we struggle with. However, just as "with great power comes great responsibility," there are a few ways in which we're called to respond to our self-awareness.

If we're in the mindset that just acknowledging our sin is enough, we'll use our awareness as a justification for complacency. We'll address our flaws while excusing them by saying things like, "I know it's bad, but I didn't hurt anybody," or "I know it's wrong, but I've been forgiven so it's not a big deal."

Being knowledgable of why we do the things we do is also not a valid reason to continue to do them. It doesn't make our sin less wrong and more acceptable before God when we attribute our behavior to how we were raised or an internal struggle we're going through.

When we accept our place before God, we're humbled. When we understand ourselves in a more honest and sincere way, we have deeper intimacy in our relationships. When we see who we are to who He is, we grow in our reliance on Him. Self-awareness matures us into faithful disciples of Jesus.

Father, As I pray through this, laying my heart before You and sorting through my heart’s motives, I am reminded that one of the best ways to increase self-awareness and decrease the pull of self-deception is to spend time pondering the love and faithfulness of God.

As I see God more clearly, I see myself more honestly.
Amen.

Be encouraged and stay strong; be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Peace, Love & Joy

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