Why do we find ourselves reacting to selfishness with our own selfishness? Before we know it, there we are sitting in front of our own mirror, wondering how we allowed ourselves to behave so selfishly. Someone else’s poor behavior doesn’t justify our own poor behavior. We may even find that, once we reflect on things, we were the only one with behavior issues. Ouch!
Galatians 5:17 NLT
“The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.”
Right here God is teaching us to be on alert for situations where our own sinful nature is warring with our spirit selves. God’s will is that we learn to grow past moments of our own selfish desires and lean into the truth of His desires for us. Love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, kindness and self control. We must learn to become more like Him. A reflection of Jesus. Reflecting His love instead of our own selfishness.
When we find ourselves sitting in front of the mirror, aware of our own failures, thank God. Thank Him because that means that our spiritual selves are growing. Recognition is the beginning of change. Change only happens when we recognize the need for something different. Every day the Holy Spirit is redefining our boundaries and reorganizing our hearts and minds. Our reflection transformation may be an ongoing process, but with God’s guidance and wisdom we can achieve eternal results. Thank Goodness. Yep. Thank God daily for helping us overcome ourselves.