Blessed are the poor in spirit — the self-aware, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. A human cannot be poor in spirit, unless he is self-aware, no-longer deceived into believing he’s a wonderful human being, no-longer self-deceived about how impoverished he his in terms of holiness, righteousness, goodness, loving God and loving others. Only the self-aware are poor in spirit. Only the self-deceived imagine themselves decent human beings. Only the most-self-deceived imagine themselves lovers of God. The nicest, sweetest, kindest thing the CreatorSustainer ever does for us kids of His, is to freshly convict us of our sin/idolatry, so we are freshly undone, contrite, embracing our spiritual poverty, our pathetic need of a Savior, enjoying ourselves and others, just as we are. He who has a sense of having been forgiven only a little, loves only a little. The most-self-aware sinners are the most obedient — the best lovers of God and others. Only the self-aware struggle with self-acceptance. The UN-self-accepting — the self-deceived, imagine themselves decent folk. The Pharisees did not struggle with self-acceptance. The most self-aware believers have the hardest time with self-acceptance. Self-awareness without self-acceptance is misery.
—Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, not a practicer of what he preaches, but promoting self-awareness and self-acceptance based on Jesus and His imputed worthiness, so the Church might be the Church, so we believers might have a contagious Jesus in us, so the seculars around us might be wowed by our other-worldly humility and other-worldly love and want what we have
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