Norman Elrod on Transparency

By Norman Elrod

Its not weakness to be afraid of the battle.
Its weakness to run from it.

Its not weakness to make mistakes.
Its weakness to blame them on others.

Its not weakness to be a sinner.
Its weakness to ignore it.

Be open. Be transparent. Don’t lie to yourself, but instead EXAMINE yourself. See the sin that you don’t want to. As a fallen human, it is our tendency to ignore our sin, blame others, and to in general be a coward. But let’s strive to be honest real people, first with ourselves, and then with God and others.

I am a fool. I am a rash, impulsive, immature, and awkward stumbling fool. I need to be gentle, I need to learn patience, I need to control my temper better, I need to serve others more than I do myself.

I fail to do these things.

But pretending like I dont have issues in these areas won’t help me change.

Owning up to them and turning my eyes to Christ will.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
(Romans 12:2 ESV)

“For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
(Romans 8:13-15 ESV)

“Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. As it is said,
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”
For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.”
(Hebrews 3:12-19 ESV)

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