The Truth Life: Do You Lie to Yourself?

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Do You Lie to Yourself?

Using Self-Reflection for True Emotional and Spiritual Growth

by Veritas Vita 777

Honesty is an integral part of growth in the life of the Christian. If you’re not honest with yourself – through consistent times of self-reflection – you will only serve to hinder your growth in your walk with the Lord. I had to learn this the hard way. You can read more about that in my article: Do I Really Know Who I Am: Getting to Know Myself Transformed My Life.

Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” There is so much truth in his statement. If you want to partake of wisdom in your life, you first need to be honest with yourself. When you take an honest, self-reflective look at who you are – both your strengths and your weaknesses – you are more likely to improve spiritually and emotionally than if you are dishonest with yourself.

I’ve lied to myself many times. I knew things in my life needed to change, but I either didn’t want to obey God in that instance, or other time, I thought I knew better. You can read more about that in my article: Lies I’ve Told Myself that Kept Me Prisoner: I’d Become My Own Worst Enemy.

Improve Your Emotional and Spiritual Health

You can significantly improve your emotional and spiritual health when you learn how to value honesty and self-reflection in your life.

  • Schedule alone time for self-reflection.

  • Read what God says about honesty.

  • Ask a friend what they think about you.

  • Start a self-reflection journal.

  • Truly listen when you pray to God.

I’ve found so much value in doing those 5 things on a regular basis. Taking an introspective look at your life is not easy—but it can reap positive and powerful results if you truly have genuine intentions.

“There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” – Aldous Huxley

I agree with that statement from English writer and philosopher, Aldous Huxley. However, I would add one caveat—true change comes by the power of the Holy Spirit at work in your life as a Christian. I’ve experienced that power manifesting in my life. That was the only way that I was able to become more emotionally mature, stop lying to myself, and grow in my spiritual life.

18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; 20 and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” 21 Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours: 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come—all are yours. 23 And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s. (I Cor. 3:18-23, NKJV)

This is a great passage from I Corinthians 3:18-23. Paul is talking to the believers about avoiding worldly wisdom. It’s so easy to be wise in your own eyes according to the wisdom of this world. However, when you take one moment at a time, trust God to guide your way, and follow the precepts of His Word, you can be victorious—and be genuinely honest with yourself.

Are you honest with yourself?

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