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Dear Teiwaz: From Anonymous Jan.13/22

This quote below makes so much sense....humbling...

“Just as the sinner's despair of any hope from himself is the first prerequisite of a sound conversion, so the loss of all confidence in himself is the first essential in the believer's growth in grace.” A.W. Pink

...what's not humbling is being right about something and saying not for me sweetie and then being made to feel guilty because Jesus said we are to love one another...what is the word for this kind of humbling guilt?


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DEAR ANONYMOUS:


Thank you for your letter! Even though your letter is very brief, it is rich in content. Within it, is love, religion, ‘rightness’, and the interpretation of all three. I think I will begin with the word ‘humbling’.

Perhaps you will agree - in the eyes of Christianity, to be humble in the Godly sense, is to be aware of the difference between flesh and Spirit. To understand that ‘flesh’ equals earthly desires and often times, these can lead us away from Spirit (God’s desires). To be humble in the eyes of Christ would be to remove the cloak of arrogance, pride, ego, false knowledge, or superiority one may hold about themselves, in exchange for the nakedness of gentleness, kindness, and recognition of others in the mood of love/enlightenment.....even when speaking one’s own truths. To be able to lift someone up even while a person is in disagreement, angry, hurting, questioning, certain, or uncertain is demonstrative of putting others needs before one’s own desires. This, perhaps, can be said to be true Godly humility as seen in the following passages of the Bible:

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3)

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:31-32)

One does not need to defend themselves or feel the need to win an argument when they understand what the Bible says about humility.


A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1)

If a feeling of ‘defense’(to be proven ‘right’ or to not be proven ‘wrong’ - in words or deeds) is prominent or even lingering, this may be a mark of flesh demonstrating it....’matters’ (physicist/physical pun intended). A person can assert themselves peacefully without the need to fight for their rights. Equally, they can walk humbly in the power of the Holy Spirit as opposed to walking with utmost certainty in their own accord.

The quote you provided for reflection, suggests that we may not know all we think we know, and it is only when we concede this, that we can gain Godly or spiritual insight. So I ask you.....to reflect on this within your Christ Spirit and listen for truth to light up the concept. What is the word for this kind of ‘humbling guilt’? Perhaps.... introspection. A person can love in Christ’s Spirit, AND use discernment when doing so. Even Christ acted in what may be perceived as anger when he flipped tables in the temple of God.

Jesus was meek of spirit, yet he chased the moneychangers out of the temple (Matthew 21:12 and Mark 11:15-16).

Loving in the Christ way (humbly) does not equal submission to flesh.....our own or someone else’s (idea of love).........it means submission to Spirit - Godly love........to rise above ‘flesh’. A person can respond positively to criticism without becoming defensive and we can be aware of our failures without emotional distress. Figure out where the guilt’s roots are. Is it found in flesh......or Spirit?

With Best Wishes and Blessings

Teiwaz


Reference: New King James Version. (1982). Thomas Nelson Inc.



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