Patterns and Principles – Part 11
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. Ephesians 4:15
Whether you are a reformer, a server, an achiever, an artist, a thinker, a loyalist, an enthusiast, a commander, or a peacemaker, every one of us wrestles with sin. And knowing that each category of sin has its own hidden temptations should make you less envious of others when you’re not doing well yourself, and less likely to judge them when you are. Recognizing your particular pattern sin lets you know what you need to work on. For example, if you’re a reformer you need to be aware of your tendency towards self-righteousness. However, it’s also important to recognize that you’ve been wired by God with a passion for justice – and that’s a good thing. Indeed, you’ll feel His presence most when you can express these things with freedom and love. Finally, knowing other people’s patterns helps you to empathize and live in harmony with them. As you learn about their patterns you become more patient with those whose sins are different from yours. For example, you can make sure ‘helpers’ don’t always get stuck in the ‘serving’ mode, and encourage ‘peacemakers’ to speak honestly when they’re angry. Our goal should be to take off our religious masks, strengthen one another in our areas of struggle, and do it in a gracious, non-judgmental way. When we know and accept ourselves and others, we can walk together in love. ‘Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up.’ Only then are we free to become the best version of ourselves – God’s hand-signed edition.
Heavenly Father, help me be the best of what You made me and avoid the weaknesses that sometimes can creep up in being that. In Jesus’ Name, Amen