5. The Benefit of Admitting Our Faults
The pressures to fit a certain form in this culture—as a mom, a wife, a homeschool family—are severe. We’re always on display, it seems.
What I do and how I live reflects the state of my heart. When I’m in a bad state, I’m ugly. And it shows. And my words confirm it.
I know God’s word is a mirror into my deepest faults, my terrible sins. The word of God shows me my wrinkles, my dark spots, my blemishes.
God sees me as I truly am, faults and all, desperate for forgiveness and terribly afraid of disappointing Him. I don’t want to forget what I look like when I see my own reflection within the lines of scripture— those words that also tell me I am loved by the Master Who made me.
For that alone, when I consider the mirror, I can accept what I see as God’s transformative power.
“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31:30
Praying for God to help us examine ourselves is beneficial to helping us become more humble about who we are in the eyes of God.
6. The Benefit of Speaking Truth Confidently
I’m not a talker. I don’t have the gift of conversation. I’m a quiet introvert with a very keen sense of my surroundings. I’m intimidated by talkers who work so hard to make me talk. I get uncomfortable around clamorous people and attention-seeking exercises that group environments thrust.
We can be willing to admit our shortcomings. We’re part of a world that requires hard and sound participation—in conversation with library children’s programs, homeschool co-ops, and church events. Not to mention writer events that are rife with networking expectations and impressive maneuvering of works in progress.
And God sees us as works in progress. We’re only complete in Him. His daily sanctification of us, the renewing of our minds, the consistent reading of His word are all essential necessities for survival in this world.
On those occasions when it’s showtime, I make every effort to choose my words wisely, to ensure they sharpen, edify, and reveal truth and minister grace unto the hearers. I rely on the Spirit to guide my conversation.
“For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.” Matthew 10:20
When we pray, we’re able to be more patient with those around us. God’s word supplies what we need to say. When we immerse ourselves enough in His word, we’re sure to experience the Spirit more deeply, and speak as He does to those who don’t know Him.