Snobbish, cold, distant, unapproachable, dismissive, amazon, arrogant, intimidating, flighty, flitting like butterfly never settling long, guarded, pulling away, rude, disdainful, disrespectful, uppity, mean, indignant, unobservant, elusive, immodest, immoral, disobediant, fast, double-minded, lazy, sluggard, oblivious, ambivilent, obvious, insensitive, pushy, sharp, bossy, harsh, controlling, uncaring, dissapproving, too liberal, staid, immature, boring, wild, detached, prejudiced, judgemental, hypocritical, wavering… Try saying all that in one breathe. I’ll bring you an oxygen tank, don’t worry.
A horrible description, right?
It describes me, though. Some expressed to me or about me by others, some determined by 20/20 hindsight. All true, all false. Why? Because Christ Jesus died for me and in Him I am a new creature (2 Cor. 3:18, 5:17). Old things are past away and all things become new. I am a new wine skin being filled by God on a daily basis, through prayer, study of His word, belief in Christ, and faith in action.
The descriptions of the first paragraph above are pervasive thoughts that can eat you alive if you let them. Or they bouy you into becoming more like Christ – Christ in you the hope of glory. They can cause you to be determined to study more, meditate longer on His word, so you will what God says about you, who you are in His eyes, how He sees you in your new wine skin.
The salt of the earth, light of the world, city upon a hill, wise soul winner for Christ, disciple, part of a royal priesthood, liberated and redeemed, justified through faith in Christ, meek, patient, longsuffering, loving, set free, cleansed, delivered, righteous through, sober, forgiven, repentant, sensitive to others, loving of others as you love yourself, epathetic, compassionate, fearfully and wonderfully made, head and not the tail, above and not the beneath, lender and not the borrower, the apple of God’s eye, soft, warm, precious in the sight of God, more precious than rubies and diamonds, a woman (man) of substance and integrity, a feminine (masculine) force to be reckoned with, at peace and centered on the instruction of God.
I think I prefer that description. How about you?