The Wrong “I”

Of Christians I want to ask: have you said (as I have from time to time), “I am offended,” or, “I can’t forgive that hurt”?

I feel wronged and offended when I have been insulted, slighted, overlooked or marginalized – “I,” meaning the old self with whom I wrongly identify at those times.

My born-again spirit, which ought to be the “I” with whom I identify, does not get easily offended, and when it does, it is for an offense toward God rather than toward self.

How did Jesus avoid anger when Pharisees said slanderous and hurtful things about Him, even to His face? He did not identify with the self life, but with the life of the Spirit of God within Him.

Why do I persist in identifying with the old “I” – the “I” that has been crucified with Christ and yet cries to be rescued from the cross.

Could it be that I still pursue the fleshly, selfish life, thus minimizing, marginalizing, the life of the Spirit of God?

When will I confidently and truthfully say, as Paul did, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

That can happen only when I can say, and mean it, as he did, “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.” Philippians 3:8

Is your “I” the wrong “I” sometimes, also? It’s time we see the old life clearly, as the dung and death it truly is.

 

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