Series Title: Pride
Stop Reminding Me Of Your Past!
Psalms 51:17 KJ2000 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Concerning self-esteem and pride, I think the whole problem exists because we insist on comparing ourselves with others and/or with ourselves which will always bring trouble. See my posts entitled “Fairness Is A Satanic Idea – A Doctrine Of Devils” and “Low Self-Esteem Is Not The Problem – It Is The Goal!”.
While I believe the Apostle Paul forgave himself for persecuting the Church and giving his consent at the stoning of Steven (Acts 22:20), I get the sense he never completely forgot about it and considered himself unworthy. History tells us that Peter too was crucified but requested of his captors that he be hung upside down because he felt unworthy to be crucified in the same manner as His Lord.
These men were EXTREMELY confident and yet EXTREMELY humble, because they though it foolishness to compare themselves with other men. And while they refuse to compare themselves with men THEY DID compare themselves with Christ thus they were humble men who loved God and men.
That being said, I do believe we need to be kind to ourselves and I believe it offends God when we spend time and energy putting ourselves down.
I’ll never forget one time when I was struggling with my past. I was wondering why life turned out like it did and in the process I was thinking about my past sins and mistakes. Then the Lord reminded me of the following verses:
Psalms 103:10-12 KJ2000 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Hebrews 8:12 KJ2000 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Then afterward he spoke to me and said, “I have forgotten all about your sins and have cast them away – as far as the east is from the west and I WOULD APPRECIATE it if you wouldn’t remind Me.”
He really doesn’t care about our past, instead He reaches out to us all day long with His love and kindness saying:
Isaiah 1:18-20 KJ2000 Come now, and let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land: 20 But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD has spoken it.