Reflection 10.16.16

We tend to present to God only those parts of ourselves with which we feel relatively comfortable and which we think will evoke a positive response. Thus our prayer becomes very selective and narrow. And not just our prayer but also our self-knowledge, because by behaving as strangers before God we become strangers to ourselves.

~Henri J. M. Nouwen, The Only Necessary Thing

One Response to Reflection 10.16.16

  1. Remember Saturday Night Lives’ CHURCH WOMAN? Such masks tell God that He is a lie. That he won’t love us unless we pretend to be ‘Super Christian’

    I MAKE MISTAKES. If I can’t confess such mistakes to Him, Christ[s sacrifice on the cross was entirely in vain. Baby Believers become Mature Believers only when we realize that the burden of such a lie to ourselves and to Him presents a larger entrapment than if we had simply not pretended self-perfection in the first place.

    It is God’s perfection that saves and loves,”and not we ourselves” (Psalms 100).

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