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Pastor’s Corner Rev. Gideon Gallo, Administrative Pastor, Gladbrook United Methodist Church Gladbrook, Iowa-“Accepting Ourselves”

March 7, 2019
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3  For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. -Romans 12:3- Most often, we are not what we think we are. But what we think we will become…. C. S. Lewis, the brilliant former professor of Medieval English, who was once described as the “apostle of the agnostic,” wrote that when errors come into the world they come in pairs. Think of yourself more highly that you ought to be and I will say you are stuck on yourself-full of pride, arrogant, and haughty. Conversely, if you constantly belittle yourself, your self-image crumbles and you begin to crawl into your shell. This problem is not new. Descartes, a great philosopher once said, “Cogito, ergo sum,” (“I think, therefore I am.”) I do not agree with Descartes. We are not detached brains, nor do we establish who we are by thinking alone. Self-knowledge through self-contemplation is defeating. The flawed of what Descartes said is that, a great release of the soul comes when you can bring your feelings to God, and learn that God accepts you based on what Christ did on the Cross, not your own thinking. The Bible says that God has accepted us in the Beloved who is Christ (Ephesians 1:6). When God accepts us, as we become God’s children through faith, we then enter into a new relationship with God. In this new way, we come to know that God has a plan for our lives, and what happens is the outworking of God’s plan. It is when we refuse to believe this that we are uptight. This is why Paul wrote, “for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am (Philippians 4:11). At the same time, do not think that you are worthless and no good to anyone. Think of it like this: God forgave us, so we can forgive ourselves and others; God loves us, so we can love ourselves and others; God cares for us so we can trust Him to work His will in our lives. Neither pride nor feelings of inferiority produce the kind of men and women who are happy and purposeful in life; but learning to accept the circumstances of life and trusting God to work His will through them is the key to turning the reins over God. Then we can take down the armor and stop defending ourselves.



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