Centering on God, not self

The Bible is full of faithful affirmations centering on God, not self. When scripture speaks of self, it usually commends self-denial and self-control and condemns self-worship. Self love is acceptable and encouraged as long as its understood within its proper context (Mathew 22:39; self-regard).

 

Galatians 6:14: “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

 

1 Corinthians 15:9-10:”For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me” (Paul).

 

Ephesians 3:8: “Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ,”

 

1 Timothy 1:15:”Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.”

 

Jeremiah 9:23-24: “This is what the Lord says:“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,”

 

Romans 12:3:”For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”

Adapted from Confronting the New Age by Douglas Groothus (pg. 174-179), 1988
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September 3, 2013

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