If the most-painful
sin is self-contempt, the most-painful IDOL is self-contempt-avoidance. Failure-avoidance. Explains why we Christians do, what we do, how we do, but only the unusually-self-aware recognize this. Most just push on, focused on our goals/agendas, unaware of what really drives us, pressures us, and robs us of the peace and joy -- the happiness, that's ours in Jesus.
The humble do not experience self-contempt, are not failure-avoidant, but rather learn from their failures, and enjoy life, because they have a healthy indifference about their performance, believing that Jesus' imputed performance is all they need, and could care less about any performance/worthiness/somebodiness of their own. The humble are amazingly content with their health -- physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially, relationally, no matter how hurting any area might be. Jesus is ENOUGH for the humble.
-- Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, not a humble Christian
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