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  1. This thought has been marinating in my heart recently too! I posted a video and lyrics of Casting Crowns’ Jesus, Friend of Sinners today, with the phrases that have impacted me most bolded. http://www.bethszimmerman.com/2012/05/20/jesus-friend-sinners/ And I sat talking with my budding missionary (22 y.o. miracle a.k.a. college student) this last week about the fact that I cannot judge his sister (who had a salvation testimony as a teen) as unsaved simply because I see besetting sin in her life when I KNOW that the same exists in MINE! Not sure I convinced him … but he’s young! He’ll get it! Love your heart, Tasha!

  2. fullherlife says:

    Happy Friday to you Natasha girl! I’m always blessed by your Holy Spirit led, honest heart here sister. So blessed. This is what came to my mind as I was reading along, because pride happens to be my personal thorn in the flesh.
    “Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? Romans 2:4 niv. It’s such a eye opening, powerful verse! Thank you for sharing your heart with us once again! ~ Blessings, Amy

    1. Hmmm… beautiful verse. Am copying it down now to look more at later. Thank you!

  3. “Just today- my thoughts filled with arrogance. And its not that the thoughts came but that I allow them. I excuse them. I try to make them acceptable instead of tearing them out of my heart in horror.”

    That is the part that gets me. It’s so easy for me to rationalize my pride:

    “But I’m right.” (even when I am and others agree and the cause is noble and just, my “rightness” is not the point of Jesus dying.)
    “There is no honor in doing things knowingly incorrect”
    “We are called to a higher standard”

    and so on ad nauseum

    I think, for me, as I struggle with addressing my pride and arrogance it is a focus on the gentle and quiet spirit that I must re-cultivate. It is the “pray without ceasing” life that will keep me tuned into the spirit instead of my humanly-influenced views on right and wrong that so assure me I’m on a noble path.

  4. This is timely for me, too. Bless you, Natasha, once again for your transparency.

  5. Natasha – this is exactly what God has been teaching me these last few days especially – that my pride is the soil in which so many sinfilled attitudes and actions flow from. I have scribbled a poem about this, but haven’t posted it just yet.
    Thank you.
    Anna

    1. Can’t wait to read it!

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