29 September 2010

Pursuing maturity without self-loathing or pride

"Our problem is that if we don't continually remind ourselves of how he has chosen, renamed, and remade us, the struggle to grow in Christian character will become nothing more than another attempt at self-improvement, and self-improvement always results in self-loathing or pride. Our Savior declared that we are completely dependent upon him and what he accomplished for us, but in overconfidence we hastily run past his accomplishments and seek rest in our own."
Elyse Fitzpatrick, Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms Our Daily Life


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