Friday, August 29, 2008

Christ-like Quality

Well, today is Friday an Edie at ‘Rich Gifts’ has asked this question “What quality of Christ’s do you most see in yourself?”

When I first read the question I thought, what kind of answer could I give without sounding prideful? But the more I thought about it I realized it’s what I pray every morning before I begin my day…to be more Christ-like.
So, my answer is to speak the truth because,John 8:32 says Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” I think telling someone the truth has always been a part of me. I remember when I was a young girl, many years ago, my mom would say “If you want to know the truth, go ask Tammy.” Of course back then, I’m sure I didn’t speak the truth in love or whether I was concerned the person would live thier life to the fullest by me speaking the truth to them.

There were times when I would be teaching a bible study or speaking with women who might have been struggling with life’s issues and at the end of our meeting I would say “I hope I didn’t offend you?” but I have come to understand that speaking the truth does offend at times. We,as human-beings can get very comfortable rubbing elbows with sin. To live in God's truth would mean for us to stop with all of the 'how we feel' and step into a place of complete surrender to our own desires.

When Jesus spoke to the adulteress, He spoke with no condemnation but He made it clear “to go and sin no more.” Then there was the woman at the well (she’s my favorite) now that gal well, she just kept beating around the bush until finally Jesus had enough of her 'how I feel' and said it…the truth.
Truth isn't suppose to give us a fuzzy feeling inside, but it's purpose is to cause us to stop looking at ourselves and start looking at the real reason why we are's to fulfill God's plan for us.

One thing I have learned in my journey with Christ is when you finally take hold of God’s truth; you will have life to the fullest and victory over the Enemy!
So, there you have it, if you want to know the truth you can ask me but better yet ask God!


Edie said...

This is great, I love this Tammy. Yes! Truth! You shall know the Truth and the Truth will set you free. Knowing the Truth about ourselves, even the Christ-like qualities that He has developed in us, gives us freedom too. Freedom from the lies of the enemy who would much prefer to keep us focused on our negatives.

I'm so glad you joined us this week. :)

Edie said...

Oh, I deleted the uncooperative link. :)

Chatty Kelly said...

I loved your post Tammy. Truth seeking is a very important quality! We need to tell the truth, in love, so that others can learn and grow. What an admirable quality! Thank you for sharing.

Sue J said...

The more we embrace the Truth, the less reliant we are on our own thoughts, which is where God wants us to be. When I try to stand in my own truth, I can almost physically feel myself falling apart inside--it's not the way God wants it!

Keep speaking the Truth! As for how, trust His Holy Spirit to continue guiding you--because He will!

The Patterson 5 said...

Speaking the truth in love can be difficult. I am so glad God has put in your heart the compassion to do this as truth is so valuable.

Van said...

"...when you finally take hold of God’s truth; you will have life to the fullest and victory over the Enemy!" Thanks, I have tucked this into my heart.

Truth4thejourney said...

This is a wonderful trait to have. I am glad you have the truth in you and it is just bubbling over. :)

My blog name has the word truth in it. I hold that quality in high esteem.

Have a blessed day!

Nancy said...

Oh how God loves and honest and truthful heart. What a wonderful person you are.

By the have an award waiting for you on my blog.


Lelia Chealey said...

I too love both of those women in the Bible. Jesus did speak truth into both of their lives, didn't He? How awesome we get the same message from Him today!
So glad you're joining the YES to GOD Tuesday study with us! Always enjoy your input!