The apostle Paul, writing to the church at Rome said, “By the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.” (Romans 12:3) Paul, speaking under the anointing of God’s Holy Spirit, saw a double danger in the thinking of believers. The first was to think too little of themselves and God’s ability to use them. The second danger was to think too much of themselves and end up being useless to God. It seems these two dangers still lurk around most of us.
Some Christians, unfortunately, have a poor self-image because they have not fully learned to accept God’s forgiveness. Thus, feelings of unworthiness keep them from a proper and powerful life. As some unknown believer once said, “Saints are people who permit God’s forgiveness to come into them so fully that not only are their sins washed out, but also their very selves, their egos, and the root of their self will.”
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