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The Jerk.

Nope, I’m not talking about Steve Martin, I’m talking about me. I was meeting with a dear friend the other day and we were discussing the fact that I struggle with loving others. I think it’s safe to say that I am not alone in this matter. Its so incredibly easy to get caught up in the focus of me. I don’t know what presides most, Pride, Discontentment, Envy, I don’t know take you’re pick, they’re probably all there.
So how do you stop being a jerk?
Well I don’t know if I’ll ever stop being a jerk, but by God’s grace he’s changing my heart. This dear friend of mine took me straight to Titus 3, I couldn’t even read it aloud it was so convicting…

[3:1] Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, [2] to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. [3] For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. [4] But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, [5] he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, [6] whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, [7] so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. [8] The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.
(Titus 3:1-8 ESV)

This is TRUSTWORTHY!! Yet I am so quick to forget it! It so ties in to so much I’m learning and growing in lately. The importance of one another and the body of Christ is so crucial. You CANNOT do it on your own, and you don’t have to, So why keep letting your pride convince you otherwise?

Just something to ponder… Something that has been heavy on my heart lately.

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