Part(s) of the Whole Story
Everyone catches themselves, from time to time, saying something like “Part of me wants this, but part of me wants that.” It’s part (no pun intended) of the human experience that we feel “disconnected” or “absent-minded” or “not quite ourselves.”
But me WANTS it!
A major life shift – such as losing 160 lbs, as I did in the past couple years – can really exaggerate some of these “feelings” too. For example, the “old” me or “fat” me sometimes makes “demands” that I do this or that, demands that the “new” me CANNOT tolerate. No, I do NOT “neeeeeeed” that piece of pizza! I NEED this glass of water, and to wait 15 minutes! Try again. 😉
It seems to me that biblical revelation offers the best understanding for some of these distinctions and battles in our inner world .. Loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, for example (Matthew 22:37) – the Word of God discerning BETWEEN the thoughts and intents of our heart, for example (see Hebrews 4:12) – the command to be transformed by the renewing of our MIND (see Romans 12), or the Proverb (23:7) that teaches us that as a man THINKS in his HEART, so IS he ..
Eternity placed in our Hearts
We are complex creatures because we were made in the image of God; eternity was “placed in our hearts” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). We have rationality and emotion, we have a heart “interface” with the spiritual – the capacity to connect and fellowship with God (a capacity which, if abused, can even fellowship with “unholy” spirits, or substitute “mob mentality” for true “worship”!). The Bible gets very specific, too, about the “old” self vs. the “new” self, or the “spiritual” self vs. the “fleshly” self. (consider Ephesians 4:17-23 or Colossians 3:1-11)
And if we are in Christ, we are given spiritual authority to RULE over our OWN FLESH .. to “master” ourselves by the power of his Holy Spirit. Just SPEAKING to ourselves can utterly change us – change our mind or emotion or the direction of our behavior (consider the power of the tongue! see James 3) ..
It puts the onus on each of us, then, to do our “due diligence” to examine our own hearts, to see ourselves as we really are and to evaluate our condition in relationship to the person GOD made and intends us to be/become (hmmm, conformed to the likeness of Christ?! (see Romans 8)), recognizing that in a very real way he sees us already as a finished work (the battle to be patient with myself in this process is a VERY real one!).
Come Let Us Reason Together
What’s your real point, Leah? 😉
Let’s not settle for our self-deceptions. Let’s not settle for our unforgiveness and the “part” of us that just can’t “let go” of this or that offense – real or imagined (I have far too many of these *sigh*). Let’s not listen to our bodies in the sense that we let our limited desires and emotions “tell” us what we want, let’s “master” ourselves by the power of the Holy Spirit. Let’s TELL ourselves the TRUTH, even when it hurts. Let’s not get “lost” inside ourselves, or HIDE ourselves away (I was guilty of this far too long!). Let’s “die” to ourselves, in the biblical sense; let’s “parent” the parts that need “parenting” and let’s stop “refusing to be comforted” when God himself seeks to comfort us. Let’s make sure we are yielded to our Maker in EVERY “part” .. heart, soul, mind, strength, body, spirit, emotion, memory .. Let HIM write our narrative. Let’s SEEK truth and wisdom in our innermost parts, and not fail to apply it day by day.
Let’s BE [spiritually] hungry, “eat the meat, spit out the bones,” and NOURISH ourselves on the word of God.
Note. To. Self. ❤
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