Daily D – 1 Corinthians 4:4

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1 Corinthians 4:4 
“My conscience is clear, but that doesn’t prove I’m right. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide.” (NLT)

“For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.” (ESV)

“I’m not aware of anything that would disqualify me from being a good guide for you, but that doesn’t mean much. The _Master_ makes that judgment.”
(The Message)

Kenny Loggins sang the theme song from the movie Caddyshack. It appears to be the theme song of lots of people today. It’s entitled, I’m Alright.

A friend told me yesterday about a man he is related to who does everything wrong and gets nothing but wrong results but insists he and Kenny Loggins are right and everyone else is mistaken. 

Willful delusion is so delusional.

It’s easier, isn’t it, to see delusion in others and overlook it in ourselves? The Apostle Paul had a clear conscience, he said. However, he knew enough about himself to know that didn’t mean he was right. He had thought he was right before when he was persecuting the church. His conscience was clear right up to the moment Jesus knocked him on his back where the only way he could look was up. And then he couldn’t even look up. (See Acts 9.)

Here’s an important prayer: Jesus, where do I think I am right but am wrong? What is my best next step? 

This is not an easy prayer. We (I) may be tempted to tiptoe around it, but knowing God’s love, grace, and mercy for what it is and for what it does, I can pray this prayer with the full assurance that he will not only correct me but empower me for what’s better and best. 

We can give ourselves a tremendous gift today. We can stop living self-deluded lives. We can begin to see ourselves and others as Jesus sees them. It happened for Paul. It can happen for us.

I will seek God’s healing for my delusion.

Our Father, where do I think I am right but am wrong? What is my best next step? Please correct me and redirect me. Open my eyes to clear reality and endless possibility. Amen. 

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