Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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Hmmm, Gary's email about Matt's vocabulary word, "sincere", reminded me of what Joel and Jeremiah asked me yesterday during their reading class. The teacher on the video had used the word "fickle", and they stopped the video and were trying to find the word in the dictionary. They wanted to know what that meant. I looked up the exact definition tonight. It means "likely to change, especially due to caprice, irresolution, or instability; casually changeable." The second definition is "not constant or loyal in affections."
I couldn't help but think about the meaning of "sincere" and what that leads to, and the meaning of the word "fickle" and what that leads to. I have had thoughts over the last week about the value of being honest, not only with other people but also with myself. From what I have seen, the people who do well in the Lord are honest. They are honest with themselves and with God. Even if their life is in a mess, they know what is true about themselves. That has to make it easier to say, "God, I need you" every time!
Being honest with ourselves is essential to getting the help we need from Jesus. Those who lie to themselves about themselves are cutting themselves off from their help; they are blinding themselves to the truth about themselves, and others as well.