The stubbornness that does yield

Sometimes we seem to be our own worst enemies. Stubborn traits and tendencies, contrary to our highest desires, often seem to hang on like ineradicable weeds. In the Bible even Paul laments, “What I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I” (Romans 7:15).

What we “hate” may not always be “big” things. Claims of psychology, temper, temperament, or disposition may sometimes hold us back in seemingly small ways, right when we’re wanting to move forward spiritually. For example, we may react angrily when we know we should be calm, patient, or forgiving. We may act in a self-centered or insensitive way, when we’ve been deeply wanting to express more kindness and love. Or we may habitually respond to challenges with dismay, hesitation, or pessimism, rather than with an expectation of progress and healing that would help us go forward and find healing more readily.

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August 10, 2015
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