Admitting Our Flaws
Bible Reading: James 4:7-10
We continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
For those of us who tend toward perfectionism, admitting we are wrong can be very difficult. Great fear may be generated at the thought of admitting our flaws, faults, and weaknesses. Sometimes the fear can be so intense that we feel like we would be utterly destroyed if we admitted all of our wrongs. This fragile sense of self is often hidden by a false front of confidence. We may even be perceived as a know-it-all. But in reality, it's our lack of confidence that keeps us from being able to admit it when we're wrong.
James wrote, "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor" (James 4:10). The apostle Peter said, "Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor" (1 Peter 5:6).
Our feelings of weakness and worthlessness are not a surprise to God. King David once wrote, "The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust" (Psalm 103:13-14).
When we take our personal inventory we are not told to admit our faults to everyone. If we find it hard to admit them openly, we can start by admitting them to God. By humbling ourselves before him in this way, we'll receive his help and he will lift us up. As our trust in God grows, we'll be freed from the fear of being destroyed when we admit our faults.
Admitting our flaws to God is the first step toward admitting them to others.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.