How often we hear the advice of embracing who we really are! Just let go of others expectations and be yourself!
Embrace my true self?
If so, then I would be: uncaring, selfish, rude, greedy, self-centered, entitled, unforgiving, loveless, and many more things.
No, I do not want to embrace my true self.
I want to embrace the person who Christ is changing me to be: caring, serving, kind, generous, selfless, blessed, forgiving, and compassionate.
Not that I can't have good qualities without Christ, but He helps me to be those things. He helps me to give up the bad qualities I am naturally inclined towards. With Him I become a better person. Not that I never mess up, I mess up all the time and do what I want instead of what God wants. In those times though, He is there to help me get back on track. With His help and grace I can do better.
“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”
Titus 3: 3-7
Titus 3: 3-7