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…if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth—you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself?
You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?
What if someone never read the Bible but only had you to rely on to show them how a Christian should be, should act, should think, and should speak?
How would you rate yourself as a representative of Christ if given the scale 1-5? (1 =poor example, 5=awesome example)
If someone secretly videotaped you for several weeks…several months…what would that tape show about you?
Do you lie to others but say, “it’s just a white lie” or “I didn’t lie I just didn’t tell the whole truth”? Do you say you can’t stand thieves, yet you find yourself stealing all sorts of things from hotels, companies, your job- and you rationalize the theft?
Do you bad-mouth other people who cheat on their significant other, but when you do it you call it anything and everything except what it is…cheating? Would it be cheating if you found out your significant did it?
Do you say that people can control their urges and avoid addiction, yet you just have to consume or partake in something regularly to feel a sense of normalcy? Sexual addiction (on every level) is just as intoxicating and destructive as alcohol addiction, drug addiction, or gambling addiction.
When we play with fire we will always get burned. Pray to God to show you the truth about yourself and then pray for the strength to change your ways and live like a honorable, dignified child of God. I’m praying each day to change my life the way God intends so I can represent and reflect the love, light, joy, honor, and purity that is in and of Him. I want my life to be God-centered and focused…how about you? Let’s be the example we want to see in the world.
Father I want to look in Your spiritual mirror and ‘check myself’. I want to look deeply and see if I’m practicing what I’m preaching, following the advice I give others, walking the path of righteousness that I claim to be, living the life as an upright ambassador…or am I a hypocrite.
Place the mirror before me Father. Let me see my true self. Let me see the areas that need correction, those areas for improvement, and the way to make things right in my life. I love You Father and I only want to do right in Your sight. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.
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