Do NOT Fellowship with Your Faults!
Cooler weather tends to force people to spend more time indoors, of course, leading to closer fellowship with one another.
Enjoying the company of loved ones is fine, BUT…we shouldn’t fellowship with our faults! Some people are often quite happy to point out our faults to us…but we more often tend to be our own worst critics!
According to our handy online dictionary, we learn that fellowship as a verb, in this context, means to form a friendly association or relationship with someone or something.
That doesn’t really sound like something we should want to do with our faults and failures!
We would be much better off to change that negative behavior into a positive one by implementing a “growth mindset.” Then we can choose to take proactive steps to improve those areas of weakness. We can also practice an “attitude of gratitude” for our God-given gifts, abilities, and strengths, and spend time with people who likewise encourage and support us as we seek to grow into better versions of ourselves, by the grace of God.
So here is your inspiration for today…
“Meditating on all of our faults and failures weakens us, but meditating on God’s grace and willingness to forgive strengthens us. Our relationship and fellowship are to be with God, not with our sins.
How much do you fellowship with your sins, failures, mistakes, and weaknesses? Whatever amount of time it is, it is wasted.
When you sin, admit it, ask for forgiveness, and then continue your fellowship with God. Don’t let your sins come between you and the Lord.”
~~Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
My favorite theme in this devotional is that we aren’t supposed to fellowship with our faults!
It reminds me of the “misery loves company” saying. Just as we should forgive others and build them up, we should also forgive ourselves and build ourselves up–not tear ourselves down!
So What Are YOUR Thoughts?
Have you ever heard of the idea that you shouldn’t fellowship with your faults?
Can you think of times when you might have a tendency to do this?