However offensive it may be and you instantly feel lied about, never dismiss the highlighting of your character flaws or sins. There are many ways this may occur. One way this happens often times is through people’s criticisms whether directly or heard through gossip. Instead of instant dismissal of what hurts, hesitate a moment, take it to God in prayer and honestly take time to self assess or examine.
Ask yourself the following questions: Is there a need for repentance or a change in mindset, attitude and rhetoric?
Exposure of certain areas of our lives that are not pleasing to God may occur in a brutal manner and this is perhaps because God has been trying to get our attention to change our ways for so long but we have ignored Him.
If on examination you allow yourself to face up to the fact that some of the criticism is true and repent before God, humbly decide to ask someone for forgiveness if need be and to take steps towards changing your ways, then you would have indeed passed the test!
The key to our breakthrough and entering a blessed era in our lives depends on how we respond to the exposure of character flaws and sins that were ignored by us, or are subtle that only a major offence could expose.
There is a pearl of great price hidden in an often unattractive shell and many times oil of great worth is found on barren or uncultivated land.
Indeed the state of things are not always as they appear. Likewise unpleasant situations that point at our flaws, sins and even exaggerates them are not what we would expect to make a way for us to be blessed and ultimately to be a blessing to others.
But a way is truly made when we acknowledge our sins and repent before God (1 John 1:9). In seeking God and abiding in Him we see the depth of truth in relation to a situation and the resolution for us in terms of our character transformation; They unfold as a budding stem whose petals open and expand delightfully in full bloom.
Even if we find that we are completely innocent, the fact that we have the attitude of being ones that are quick to self examine and ready to repent as David (Psalm 19:13-14, 51 and 139:23-24) is in itself pleasing to God and we will forever be the apple of His eye as David who became the King of Israel.
The Apostle James expressed the intrinsic value of the “Jewel of great worth” that is character transformation when we respond to trials in the God desired manner! (Joyfully because we know God is at work! He is in control!) as follows: “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3Knowing [this], that the trying of your faith worketh patience.4But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” (James 1:2-4 KJV).
Therefore brethren, I encourage you to find the “Jewel of great worth” for your advancement and success in life in every affliction and offensive situation so as to confuse and put your enemies to shame and to delight your supporters and most of all Father God.
This Jewel is your transformed character by Master Potter God Almighty but requires the Davidic “quick to self examine & ready to repent” mindset and attitude primary key. It is the key that served to sustain a cycle of unlocking the pathway “doors” that led to David fulfilling his destiny and becoming the King of Israel to the Glory of God.
It is the same key necessary to fulfil your destiny and mine too, so let us humbly use it day by day.
You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!
©Deborah E. Nyamekye 31/07/2016