This isn’t an easy passage to study but it is so important. It has to do with change. It has to do with unburdening yourself. It has to do with facing youself in truth. It has to do with repentance and truth.
If you look back on your life, on who you were before Christ…the tears and sorrow, deep grief, all lead to repentance. A turning away from who you once were.
The deeper your sorrow, the less likely you will be to return to that life. Even afyer coming to Christ, you must be able to look at yourself honestly.
Who is more thankful? The one who was given much, or the one who was given a little?
Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.
James 4:9-10 NLT
Let’s face it…being honest with yourself ranks right up there with the high pitched scream of the dentist drill, or rubbing two pieces of styrofoam together, or pulling cotton! (Shudders)
It’s not real high on the “Great ways to spend an evening” list.
But it is rewarding.
Not in the “Yay cool a treat!” type of reward. More along the lines of the “Dang, I suck, but thank you God for revealing the true me so I have time to change before I have to come face to face with You!” Yeah, that type of reward. The type that shaves off another rough layer. The type that sucker punches you when you least expect it, but inevitably proves invaluable in the long run.
Whenever you feel you’re totally “in the right”, keep this in mind and examine your own motives first. You might just avoid the humble pie that’s aimed at your face.
People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives.
Proverbs 16:2 NLT